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Mathematica-Based Package for Studying Ordinary Differential Equations and for Analyzing the Learning Process

Riikka Nurmiainen
Institute of Mathematics
Helsinki University of Technology
Finland
Riikka.Nurmiainen@hut.fi

The design of a Mathematica-based learning environment for ordinary differential equations (ODE) is discussed. The ODE package consists of hypermedia-based information about differential equations and a collection of different kinds of exercises. The purpose is also to collect data about the student's work and behavior during the computer sessions using a recording system created as a part of the package. The data is used to analyze the learning process. The final goal is to get more knowledge about appropriate ways to use computer algebra systems like Mathematica in mathematics studies.

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