## Concluding RemarksThe model of "applied mathematics" teaching that says "learn the mathematics, then apply it" is a powerful one because it enables mathematical ideas to be taught independently of a particular application and therefore to feed into a number of such applications. However, it runs foul of the well-known difficulty that students have in linking different parts of their knowledge.
Powerful computer software is helpful if you want to link mathematics to a scientific application without having to trivialize the science. If you have access to such software, you're a good deal less constrained by the narrow range of pen-and-paper techniques in which students may be confident and proficient at any particular time. For instance, there are
If we deploy that computer power in an open way (which Converted by Mathematica
September 30, 1999
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