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

New Orleans, Louisiana, October 28-31, 2004

Paper C061

Studying Collision Theory using JavaScript

Paul Bouthellier

Department of Mathematics and Computer Science
University of Pittsburgh-Titusville
Titusville, PA 16354
Phone: (814) 827-4432
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Mathematically modeling collisions between objects is a common problem seen in many courses. The problem can be simplified and studied in trigonometry or analyzed in detail in higher-level courses. JavaScript, a scripting language for writing programs that run on web pages, will be used to allow students to run simulations of their results. The problem will be studied at a level suitable for students from trigonometry to linear algebra.

Keyword(s): Internet, applications, modeling