September 30, 1999–The updated Math Everywhere, Inc. (MEI) courseware series is now available. MEI courseware is the end result of one of the first significant calculus reform projects funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) in the late 1980s. The principal authors of the courseware became involved in response to their perception that traditional math education was not connecting well with today’s students. Math Everywhere courseware now has a 10-year track record of proven success in campus and distance education. According to a former MEI student, “[MEI courseware] makes mathematics come alive to me. It is no longer a dry, tedious subject but one that I can actively explore and play with. It’s fun.”
MEI courseware presents mathematics through the vivid, interactive graphics of Mathematica, setting up concepts visually before technical terminology is presented and enabling students to learn mathematics more effectively than with any existing textbook, calculator course, or multimedia, point-and-click, computer picture book. More than just technology cut into existing text materials, MEI courseware is written to completely integrate Mathematica from the ground up.
The user-active design of MEI courseware makes it ideal for use in distance education programs such as the National Technological University, The Ohio State University Calculus Remote, the University of Pittsburgh College in High School program, and the University of Illinois NetMath internet distance education program, which provide learning to students who otherwise would not have the opportunity. Rural and high school students, college students with conflicting schedules, and adults in continuing education for personal and professional reasons can all benefit from Math Everywhere courses.
The full series now includes the following course offerings: the award-winning Calculus&Mathematica, Vector Calculus&Mathematica, and the new Differential Equations&Mathematica and Matrices, Geometry&Mathematica.