Currently the Math Department has licenses for both
**MatLab** and **Maple**. Several other departments also
have site licenses for **MatLab**. Most notably the College
of Engineering has licenses for over 100 concurrent users.
These programs have been used sparingly
for teaching purposes in the Math Department. Professor Snyder
has used **Matlab** in a few courses, Professors Chapin
and Young have used **Maple** in a few of sections and
Ohio University Distinguished Professor S.K. Jain
regularly teaches using **MatLab** (he is the author of a Linear
Algebra text [4] which uses **Matlab**). Reasons that
the software has not been more widely used are complex, but
most stem from perceptions on the part of the faculty about
how the software could be used. It was a commonly held notion
that to use the software one must hold class in a ``technology
classroom" and completely restructure the class around the
technology. Opposition to doing this ranged from practical to
philosophical. Ohio University has not been unique with respect
to the last few statements. Introduction of
Young's methods largely change this problem. In the faculty retreat
in October 1999, the mathematics faculty *unanimously* approved
the principals of Young's approach.

Aside from the issue of **CS**, many faculty in the Mathematics
Department use graphing
calculators in lower level courses. While this is good, it
is largely independent of the things we are proposing. Graphing
calculators are a good classroom teaching tool, but are far
less powerful than **MatLab**, or similar packages, in term of the
types of calculations they can perform. Also,
for homework, and in the workplace, the visual
advantage of a large screen and the speed of a personal computer
are preferred over calculators.
On the other hand, using **MatLab** directly in the classroom,
is awkward and impractical on a large-scale basis.
In light of these considerations, use of **MatLab** for *homework*
should become standard, while use of graphing calculators
in class should still be encouraged.