Learning Mathematics through Modelling and Simulation: An Investigative Approach, offers the readers a hands-on experience of discovering the beautiful aspects of mathematics through the use of technology. Three powerful tools falling into the categories of spreadsheet programs (Microsoft Excel), dynamic geometry software (GeoGebra) and computer algebra systems (Mathematica), are introduced. They are applied in the book to enable the readers to independently explore, visualise, conjecture, reason and solve problems.
The book highlights the role of mathematical software in enabling explorations leading to a deeper insight into the problems. Technology is used to generate phenomena and acquire data from which questions naturally arise and create a demand for appropriate theory.
Readers are introduced to the applications of Calculus, Probability, Number Theory, Linear Algebra and Discrete Mathematics. Each chapter includes a set of exercises, called Investigations, that prompt analytical thinking, encourage exploration of a concept, or test the readers’ ability to apply the concept to a realistic problem situation.
High school students, undergraduates and any reader keen to learn interesting mathematics with the help of technology will find this book both useful and enjoyable.
Jonaki Ghosh obtained her Ph.D in Applied Mathematics from the Jamia Milia Islamia University. Presently, she is Associate Professor in Lady Shri Ram College for Women, where she teaches courses related to mathematics education. She is keenly interested in the use of technology for mathematics instruction, professional development of mathematics teachers and popularisation of mathematics.
Amber Habib obtained his Ph.D from the University of California, Berkeley, and is currently Professor at the Shiv Nadar Institution of Eminence, Delhi NCR. He is engaged in making mathematics education more fulfilling through projects, special topics and its myriad links with other disciplines.
Geetha Venkataraman obtained her Ph.D from the University of Oxford. She worked at St Stephen’s College as Associate Professor and is currently Professor at Dr. B. R. Ambedkar University Delhi. She is a group theorist, interested in issues related to mathematics education, women in mathematics and leadership in academia.