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Using Matlab in a Multivariable Calculus Course
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Annual International Conference on Technology in Collegiate Mathematics,

Abstract

The benefits of high-level mathematics packages such as Matlab include both a computer algebra system and the ability to provide students with concrete visual examples. This paper discusses how both capabilities of Matlab were used in a multivariate calculus class. Graphical user interfaces which display three-dimensional surfaces, contour plots, gradient fields, and parametric curves and vector fields in both two and three dimensions are presented with comments on their effectiveness. In addition, the benefits and difficulties of using computer algebra in a multivariable class is discussed. Finally, student responses to the uses of Matlab are examined. (Author/DDR)

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Schlatter, M.D. (1999). Using Matlab in a Multivariable Calculus Course. Presented at Annual International Conference on Technology in Collegiate Mathematics 1999. Retrieved April 20, 2021 from .

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