Independent Student Research
Students hard at work in the Finkbeiner Reading room under the watchful gaze of Hilbert, Noether and Courant.
Here is an example of a computer-based exercise given to introductory Calculus students this year:
In Judy Holdener's Calculus C course, four major projects focus on the use of Maple as a mathematical tool. One such project involved learning about parametrics, a way of describing curves and lines in two dimensions. Once we students had grasped the concept, we were told to get creative--to apply our knowledge by making pictures with pure mathematics.
Programming is another (obvious) use of Math Department computers. This image is the result of a final project for Prof. Benjamin Shults' Introduction to Computer Science.
An example of ray-tracing three dimensional rendering, it was created by a first-year student.