COLLEGE OF ARTS AND SCIENCES Department of Mathematics and Statistics


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Mathematical Seminar: "Teaching Precalculus and Calculus with Interactive Figures"


3:30 p.m., Neill 5W

Lyle Cochran and Eric Schulz

Interactive Figures can help students develop an intuitive, geometric understanding of important precalculus and calculus principles that stick with them beyond the final exam. Eric Schulz and Lyle Cochran will discuss the effects that using such tools have had on their instruction as well as students’ reactions to them. They will also discuss how exercises and videos that accompany these figures help reinforce their use in lecture. A little background on the speakers: Lyle Cochran is a professor of mathematics at Whitworth University in Spokane, Washington. After completing undergraduate degrees in mathematics and mathematics education at Oregon State University, Lyle taught high school mathematics for two years before entering graduate school at Washington State University. Lyle’s PhD thesis advisor was Dr. Sandra Cooper and he completed his PhD in mathematics in 1993. He has taught a wide variety of undergraduate mathematics courses at Washington State University, Fresno Pacific University, and, since 1995, at Whitworth University. William Briggs (University of Colorado at Denver), Bernard Gillett (University of Colorado at Boulder), Eric Schulz (Walla Walla Community College), and Lyle have coauthored three calculus textbooks published by Pearson. They were the 2011 recipients of the Textbook Excellence Award from the Text and Academic Authors Association and Pearson has described their first calculus textbook as the most successful calculus text published in the last two decades. Eric Schulz has been on the mathematics faculty at Walla Walla Community College in Walla Walla, Washington for twenty-two years. He has a BS in mathematics from Seattle Pacific University and an MS in mathematics from the University of Washington. He has been working with technology in teaching since 1989 and is especially interested in innovative and effective uses of technology in teaching mathematics. He worked on Visual Linear Algebra with Gene Herman and Mike Pepe, created the Quick Start Assistant palettes shipping in Mathematica 7 & 8 worldwide, and works with Wolfram Research, Inc. as a developer. Advance Preparation Suggestions: (Not required, just a suggestion.) In preparation for the presentation this Friday afternoon, you may want to create a MyMath Lab Account if you do not already have one and also download the Free Wolfram Mathematica CDF player through the link below. You are encouraged, but not required, to bring a laptop on Friday. 1. If you would like to create your own MyMathLab account - just go to and click instructor then use the Access Code below. Fill out the instructor information. After you have an account you can search for Briggs; Cochran or Schulz and then you can load the Briggs/Cochran/Schulz Calculus 2e and/or Precalculus 1e. WECCQS-STOUP-BREAK-TITAN-MAINT-CANES 2. Download the FREE Wolfram Mathematica CDF player: You will need the free CDF player downloaded on your computer to work with the Calculus and Precalculus eTexts. Refreshments will be served 3:10-3:30 p.m. Neill 5W