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Ramanujan’s Dream Theory Proven

Ramanujan

Recently The Huffington Post put out an interesting article that caught our attention called “Ramanujan’s Mock Modular Forms: Indian Mathematician’s Dream Conjecture Finally Proven.” The article shares the story of Srinivasa Ramanujan, an Indian mathematician who wrote down a number of functions that came to him in his dreams just before he died. It turns out, 100 years later that …

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Teaching and Learning Corner: Mathcad and Constructivism (Part 1)

One of Mathcad’s key capabilities as a desktop tool is the documentation of intellectual property.  Many of our users leverage Mathcad’s mathematical, graphical, and text capabilities to capture the ideas behind their engineering designs. In design and engineering the importance of documenting the knowledge and beliefs behind one’s contributions is well established and critical to progress and success. In education, …

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ABET Accreditation: Capturing Evidence of Skill Development

Engineering programs at US colleges and universities keep the ABET accreditation criteria in mind when developing new course content, but the critical piece is the current curriculum.  A challenging aspect of the ABET accreditation process is capturing evidence that students are not just passing tests, but developing engineering skill through their course work.  What constitutes evidence of assimilation and application …

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Creating eUnits (or eBooks) for Your Course (or Lab) with Mathcad

From time to time I play around with ideas for using Mathcad as a curriculum development tool. Mathcad has and continues to have many capabilities for writing lessons, generating quizzes, and completing homework assignments. For both teachers and students Mathcad’s standard mathematics notation, plotting tools, word processing capabilities, and data management with units offer a powerful toolkit for math, science, …

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Integrating Thinking Adds Power to Mathcad’s Symbolics

Recently, the Mathcad Team was mulling over a user inquiry about the following integral: How would you evaluate this integral? It is easy enough by hand if you know the calculus. Having spent much of my life introducing concepts like integration to middle and high school students, I might think of it this way: At this point you are probably …

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Matrices in Algebra 1: Mathcad 15.0 Illustrates the Solutions Clearly

Easy Solutions and Visualizations: Exploring a System of Three Equations in Three Variables Using Mathcad In modern middle school and high school mathematics algebra is a gatekeeper course. Success in Algebra 1 in grade 8 is considered a prerequisite for college preparedness. My own first experience in Algebra 1 was at South Side Junior High School. At the time, a …

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The Solution to the STEM Crisis Begins at Home

Last week I started writing about my experiences at the National Science and Engineering Festival (NSEF). I highlighted some of the STEM Heroes and Heroines that made the event such an amazing success. Tens of thousands of kids were inspired by the incredible demonstrations, exhibits, and presentations offered at the festival. Congratulations to Lockheed Martin for sponsoring this amazing event! The …

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