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Sullivan, Eric
Melvin, Timothy
Enhancing student writing and computer programming with \LaTeX and MATLAB in multivariable calculus.
PRIMUS, Probl. Resour. Issues Math. Undergrad. Stud. 26, No. 6, 509530 (2016).
2016
Taylor \& Francis, Philadelphia, PA
EN
U75
R75
D35
I65
\TeX
\LaTeX
MATLAB
programming
technical writing
calculus
multivariable calculus
doi:10.1080/10511970.2015.1122688
Summary: Written communication and computer programming are foundational components of an undergraduate degree in the mathematical sciences. All lowerdivision mathematics courses at our institution are paired with computerbased writing, coding, and problemsolving activities. In multivariable calculus we utilize MATLAB and \LaTeX to have students explore mathematics visually, gain programming skills, and write technical reports on their findings. In this article we give a summary of the pedagogy, tools, and logistics of combining technical writing and computer programming with sophomorelevel calculus content with the goals of improving student writing, coding, and mathematical understanding.