Multimedia Tools for Communicating Mathematics
23-25 November 2000, Lisbon, Portugal
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Erich Neuwirth

University of Vienna

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Email: erich.neuwirth@univie.ac.at
WWW: SunSITE Austria, Support for Mathematics Teaching and Learning
Address: ISDS
Universitaetsstr. 5-9
Vienna, Austria, A-1010
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In its simplest form, multimedia means enriching textual information by visual representations and by sound. The visual representations can be either static or dynamic (i.e. pictures or animations). We will demonstrate that it is possible to create multimedia projects for enhancing mathematical understanding with "everyday" software tools. Mathematicians use two kind of tools: General purpose tools like spreadsheet programs and word processing software and special tools for either symbolic mathematics or numerical methods. We will give examples of different projects which can be implemented with readily available tools. Among the examples will be Using spreadsheets for animation Using spreadsheets for sound generation Word processing programs as hypertext authoring tools Mathematical software for creating sound By these examples hopefully we will be able to show that it is possible to create mathematical multimedia with tools readily accessible for every mathematician and thereby make it clear that hardware and software availability is not a major constraint for the creation of mathematical learning environments.
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Minimalistic Tools for Mathematical Multimedia

In its simplest form, multimedia means enriching textual information by visual representations and by sound. The visual representations can be either static or dynamic (i.e. pictures or animations). We will demonstrate that it is possible to create multimedia projects for enhancing mathematical understanding with "everyday" software tools. Mathematicians use two kind of tools: General purpose tools like spreadsheet programs and word processing software and special tools for either symbolic mathematics or numerical methods. We will give examples of different projects which can be implemented with readily available tools. Among the examples will be Using spreadsheets for animation Using spreadsheets for sound generation Word processing programs as hypertext authoring tools Mathematical software for creating sound By these examples hopefully we will be able to show that it is possible to create mathematical multimedia with tools readily accessible for every mathematician and thereby make it clear that hardware and software availability is not a major constraint for the creation of mathematical learning environments.


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