Computational software (**CS**) is characterized by its capability
of both symbolic and numerical calculations.
An example of a numerical calculation is solving
the algebraic equation
by giving the answer:
.
On the other hand, a symbolic calculation can solve
with the answer:
.
Important computational
software packages include **MatLab**, **Maple**^{2} and
**Mathematica**^{3}.
This technology revolutionizes the way that people use Mathematics.
Experts in mathematics education write that
``..., it has become increasingly evident that the
technology altered the nature of the activity using it" [6].

We propose to introduce homework using **MatLab**, into the
calculus/differential equations sequence (MATH 263A,B,C,D and MATH340)
at Ohio University and to make the program widely available on campus.
Our eventual goal would be to extend this initiative
to most of the freshman and sophomore level mathematics
courses at the University. These courses are taken by
a large portion of students at the University.
Once most freshmen and sophomore mathematics classes are using
**MatLab** and the software is widely available on campus,
the software will become a part of the culture of the
University, professors from any department may take for granted
that students have knowledge of
the software, and students may use the software on
their own for any math-related course-work.
The goal is to introduce **CS** not only into the undergraduate
mathematics curriculum, but to make it an integral part of
mathematical life at the University.

While Ohio University is making very bold
steps toward providing our students with computer experience,
we are behind many universities in our use of (**CS**).
The existence of a well-developed project, including a
book by Young [8],
puts Ohio in a unique position to become a leader in
the use of **CS** in undergraduate mathematics
and at the same time dramatically influence the use of
mathematics around the University.

Young, who has had extensive experience using computers in teaching
mathematics at other institutions, is writing a book about using
programs like **MatLab** for homework in mathematics
courses. His book promotes a ``simple approach" to using computers
which is distinct is several ways. We propose to introduce Young's
approach into most undergraduate mathematics courses, beginning
with calculus. A key feature of the approach is that individual
instructors are able to use it with very minimal time investment.