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Frequently Asked Questions

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Making Math uses Hilbert, which is a custom online version of Mathematica, can my students and I learn Mathematica?
Yes, of course. In fact, we have found that it only takes one lesson for students to get rolling on Mathematica, during the rest of the course it is not necessary to address Mathematica specifically in the lessons, as Mathematica syntax is essentially the syntax of Mathematics. Having trouble learning Mathematica syntax and debugging commands helps students understand the syntax of mathematics itself.

As an instructor what kind of support and help with Making Math and Mathematica can I expect?
Making Math has an Instructor Overflow that is Online Mathematica enabled. Our staff and other instructors in the Making Math community will answer your questions and help you with any problems or questions you may have.

Why am I unable to evaluate some code in Making Math that runs fine on desktop Mathematica?
Making Math uses a custom online version of Mathematica and supports most of the code executable in the desktop version. It has just the right amount functionalities to support and encourage student learning through exploration and experimentation. The platform is not intended to support Mathematica features that are beyond this scope.

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When it comes to hand calculations, how do Making Math students compare?
Hand calculations are a part of all Making Math courses – so much so that the 1995 Park-Traverse study concluded that C&M calculus students can do hand calculations (derivatives, integrals etc.) on a par with students in corresponding standard math courses. The same study also concluded that C&M students have a stronger conceptual background than students in corresponding standard courses. C&M students know that math is much more than a collection of rote hand calculations to be memorized.

How do students perform in follow-up math, science or engineering courses?
Follow-up studies done by the UIUC College of Engineering departments at Illinois indicate that former C&M students are fully competitive in these courses. Many C&M students have gone onto graduate school in engineering and science (Illinois, Cal Tech, MIT, Cal-Berkeley, Texas, Minnesota, etc). Others are in medical schools. Many have excellent jobs in the business world (Intel, Caterpillar, Pixar, Ford, Motorola, Wolfram Research, etc). Others are teaching in high school. Many C&M students have opted to go on to minor in mathematics thanks to their early C&M experience.

What is C&M?
It is an abbreviation for Calculus&Mathematica. The original authors coined the name when they started writing courseware back in 1988. They have released books (yes, in print!) and CDs under this title. The courses using these materials on UIUC campus are also known collectively as the C&M program.