Electronic Proceedings of the Sixteenth Annual International Conference on Technology in Collegiate Mathematics

Chicago, Illinois, October 30-November 2, 2003

Paper C042

Maple does numerical approximations of area under curves. Are you ready with the current technology to generate some numbers in front of the engineering majors?

Somasundaram Velummylum

Department of Mathematics and Computer Science
Claflin University
400 Magnolia Street
Orangeburg, SC 29115

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Mathematics and engineering majors learn calculus in the same integral calculus class after a mastery of differential calculus. Mathematics majors are mostly convinced with proofs while the engineering majors want some numbers in front of them to convince their conclusions. We will illustrate this situation using some numerical approximations of areas under a curve.

Keyword(s): calculus, Maple