IDEA is Internet Differential Equations Activities, an interdisciplinary effort to provide students and teachers around the world with computer based activities for differential equations in a wide variety of disciplines. IDEA is sponsored by the National Science Foundation with a grant from the Division of Undergraduate Education.
The Idea behind IDEA
As with every site on the Web, IDEA is evolving. IDEA contains a database of computer activities illustrating both mathematical concepts and the application of these concepts in a wide variety of disciplines. The aim is to show differential equations where they live, rather than in a purely mathematical setting.
In addition to the exercises, it provides a variety of software for solving and describing differential equations. These packages include DynaSys, a package for Microsoft operating system that can be used in a very flexible way to create displays of solutions of differential equations; Java software that may be used over the Web to develop your own activities, or to work on the ones presented here; and Flash components that again may be used to develop differential equations activities.
illustrating how we might use interactive web objects to
help students learn Calculus.