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Journal for Geometry and Graphics 08 (2004), No. 2, 243--253
Copyright Heldermann Verlag 2004

Some Examples of Using Mathematica and webMathematica in Teaching Geometry

Sonja Gorjanc
Faculty of Civil Engineering, University of Zagreb, Kaciceva 26, 10000 Zagreb, Croatia

The paper outlines some ideas on teaching geometry at technical faculties as well as various possibilities and advantages of the application of Mathematica in teaching. A few examples demonstrate the use of Mathematica visualizations in teaching geometry at the Faculty of Civil Engineering in Zagreb. These examples are extracts from lectures, internet pages and students' projects on algebraic ruled surfaces and on Gaussian and mean curvature.

Keywords: Ruled surfaces, hyperbolic paraboloid, Gaussian curvature, mean curvature, visualization of surfaces.

MSC: 51N05; 53A05

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