# Programming with Mathematica

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Some ideas on improving our mathematical programming course

- Incorporate projects with the following goals
- Introduce students to ideas from upper-level math courses they may not otherwise see
- Include some mathematical modeling
- Include some experimental mathematics
- Encourage the writing of Mathematica Demos

- Emphasize the unity of mathematics, computing and modeling/experimentation
- Use Mathematica's date base?

- Needs and concerns
- Introduce iteration early through the use of Nest, NestList and related commands
- Introduce the Print command earlier.
- Introduce the compound-function earlier???
- Introduce manipulate very early
- Introduce and emphasize the idea of recursion (many will be learning induction concurrently)
- Emphasize the usefulness of what we are learning through simulation, experimentation, visualization and interactivity
- Will it be too much to learn new ideas and the coding at the same time? (Isn't this what we do all the time?)
- Remember: this is a CSC course!
- Review ideas from calculus and extend to DE (and other areas)

- In the classroom
- Meet often in the lab
- Allow the students immediate use and practice
- Transfer solutions to the projector and/or have students compare their solutions to the expert solution
- Have students work in teams of 2 or 3.
- Have 1-day tests in the lab - forgo the in class test?

- Have larger projects counting a significant part of the class grade

- Meet often in the lab

# Things I want to remember

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