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Storage and Analysis

SCHEDULE: NOV 12-18, 2011

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SESSION: MATHEMATICS: Introduction to Sage as a Tool for Computing

EVENT TYPE: Education

TIME: 10:30AM - 12:00PM

SESSION CHAIR: Daniel D. Warner

Presenter(s):Daniel D. Warner, Neil J. Calkin, Holly Peters Hirst


This session is a hands-on introduction to a recent development in computer tools for mathematics, the Sage Mathematics Computing Environment. Sage is a comprehensive package that addresses mathematical topics ranging from rational arithmetic and elementary algebra to some of the most advanced research topics in Number Theory and Discrete Mathematics. Along with its wide ranging collection of tools, Sage is important because it is open source, free, and accessible with nothing more than a web browser. This introductory session will focus on using Sage as a tool for exploring elementary topics in mathematics and will be accessible to mathematics teachers at all levels. The topics that will be explored will be restricted to precalculus material, and potential pedagogical applications will be highlighted. Be prepared to learn new facts about pi, Fibonacci numbers, and Mandelbrot's set. Assumed background: basic computer literacy; calculus; basic familiarity with vectors and matrices.

Chair/Presenter Details:

Daniel D. Warner (Chair) - Clemson University

Daniel D. Warner - Clemson University

Neil J. Calkin - Clemson University

Holly Peters Hirst - Appalachian State University

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