Engineering Mathematics Education using Java Learning Environments

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The Java language has been used in the construction of a number of learning environments to enable students to explore mathematical concepts without the barrier of mathematical manipulation. The applets are designed to be flexible for educators, and flexible in usage to encourage exploration and experimentation, yet are compact to minimize download time. The use of the developed environments in a practical education scenario is described, showing how the tools are used for class instruction, tutoring support, and individual learning. Subjective and qualitative evidence is presented showing that where the environments are used by students there is a discernible improvement in understanding of the concepts that the environments address. The results of this process are generalized to show the type of concept that is suitable for such treatment, and those for which improvements are not discernible.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the International Conference on Engineering Education
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2002


  • customizable, experimental evidence, Java applets, mathematical concepts.


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