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The Tool Kit: A Notebook Subclass

Volume 1, Issue 2
Fall 1990
Russell J. Dubisch, Siena College

A category of Mathematica Notebook, called a tool kit, serves to exemplify the kind of pedagogic interface that may be utilized by a relatively naive user to solve problems involving algebraic operations. The possibility of the widespread use of tool kits has important implications for educational strategies in such quantitative subjects as physics and mathematics. An example tool kit is described, and an example of its use is shown. Coding techniques and the desirable characteristics of a tool-kit-oriented front end are discussed.

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