SYLLABUS for EMAT 4700/6700 Advanced Exploration with Technology in Mathematics Education



James W. Wilson
105 Aderhold Hall, (Office in Rm 110-F)
Telephone: 542-4552
Internet Address:
E-mail address:

Office hours: I maintain an open door policy for office hours. I come to the office early each morning and if I am not tied up in a meeting or talking to another student I am available to you.

EMAT 4680: Under our program guidelines, students should enroll concurrently in EMAT 4680 and EMAT 3500. If you are going to follow our undergraduate program and have not already taken EMAT 3500, discuss this situation with me.

Prerequisites for EMAT 4700/6700: MATH 2210 and EMAT 4680/6680. If you do not have these prerequisites, please talk with me.

Course Description

Course Description. This follow-up course to EMAT 4680/6680 and EMAT 4690/6690. EMAT 6700 is an extension of the previous two courses. We will continue the course aims of EMAT 4690/6690 to develop more depth with the use of various software applications to engage in mathematics investigations, to organize pedagogical demonstrations, and to set up problem explorations. and we will continue to emphasize the development of material that might be used with secondary school students.

The change from EMAT 4680/6680 and 4690/6690 is that each student, or possibly teams of students, in the course will select, develop, and carry out a major project.

The students will develop their project using appropriate technology and place it in their web page on the Mathematics Education server. The emphasis is on exploration of various mathematics contexts to learn mathematics, to pose problems and problem extensions, to solve problems, and to communicate mathematical demonstrations. Use of multiple technologies is encouraged and direct connection to issues of school mathematics instruction is expected.

The following software will be used:

  1. Graphing Calculator 3.1 or 3.2. (Also known as NuCalc)
  2. Geometer's Sketchpad 4.01
  3. Excel
  4. xFn
  5. Microsoft Word
  6. Other software as needed
  7. Handheld devices
  8. Other student owned software
  9. Netscape 4.79 or Internet Explorer 5.1
  10. Web construction software
  11. FTP software

Course Assignments

Develop and carry out one major project. This must be carefully planned and approved by the instructor.




  • To become familiar with and operational on Macintosh computer systems.
  • To use application software to solve mathematics problems.
  • To use application software to create mathematics demonstrations.
  • To use application software to construct new ideas of mathematics for yourself.
  • To engage in mathematical investigations using software applications.
  • To engage in some independent investigations of mathematics topics from the secondary school curriculum or appropriate for that level.
  • To communicate mathematics ideas that arise from mathematics applications on the Macintosh
  • To communicate mathematics ideas via the Macintosh applications.
  • To use general tools such as word processing, paint programs, spread sheets on the Macintosh to facilitate mathematics investigations and communication about mathematics investigations.


The Department of Mathematics Education
University of Georgia