### Is It Always Sixteen?

by Herb Brown

Department of Mathematics

University at Albany-SUNY

We use computerized classrooms to teach a variety of undergraduate
courses ranging from calculus to advanced upper division algebra
and analysis. Each student in these courses has access to a computer
and the Computer Algebra System Maple at all times. Maple's use in
these courses becomes an integral part of their undergraduate
experience. They learn to interact in real time with their computer,
with the instructor's computer, with the instructor at the whiteboard
and with fellow students. It is an exciting environment that has not
only changed the way we teach mathematics but also the way students
learn mathematics. Maple is powerful yet user-friendly and provides
each student with the symbolic, graphic and analytic tools that are
usually too difficult to present in the ordinary classroom. It is an
effective teaching/learning tool that frees students from performing
rote processes and inspires moments of mathematical discovery. My
presentation will illustrate one such moment from a calculus course.