Department of Mathematics and Philosophy

Undergraduate Research-Math 444

OlsenName: Jim Olsen

Areas of Interest: Uses of technology to help students learn mathematics, student understanding of the function concept, using problem solving to teach mathematics, using Internet java applets to help students learn mathematics, other areas of mathematics education.

Description: Two of my areas of interest are problem solving and technology. In both cases, there now exists a large supply of non-routine problems and technology resources (I'm currently especially interested in java applets) which can be used to illuminate mathematics concepts for students. However, from a practical standpoint, using these in the classroom for instruction is easier-said-than-done. I'm interested in finding ways that non-routine problems and java applets can be connected to the Illinois Learning Standards, lesson plans, and practical strategies, so that they can be used effectively for mathematics instruction in the schools.