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BRIDGING THE VECTOR CALCULUS GAP
Tevian Dray & Corinne A. Manogue

There is a surprisingly large gap between the way mathematicians on the one hand, and physical scientists and engineers on the other, do vector calculus. This gap is particularly apparent when students attempt to apply the vector calculus they have learned in mathematics courses to the problems in electromagnetism which they encounter in subsequent physics or engineering courses.

We are developing materials in an effort to bridge the gap between the way vector calculus is usually taught by mathematicians and the way it is used by other scientists. The methods we are using include the following:

In particular, we have developed a series of guided group activities emphasizing the geometry of vector calculus, and are in the process of writing an instructors' guide to accompany them.

If you are interested in trying some or all of our materials, please contact us. We expect to be offering summer workshops on the use of these materials; some funding for local expenses may be available.

Tevian Dray
Department of Mathematics
Oregon State University
Corvallis, OR 97331
tevian@math.oregonstate.edu
Corinne A. Manogue
Department of Physics
Oregon State University
Corvallis, OR 97331
corinne@physics.oregonstate.edu

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