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 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. We offer workshops on the use of these materials:
If you are interested in attending any of these workshops, please let us know. Funding for local expenses at the Corvallis workshops should be available, although the number of participants is limited.