Friday math movie: Math comes to life
By Murray Bourne, 11 Nov 2011
I want one of these!
In this video, assistant professor, Joseph LaViola, of the College of Engineering and Computer Science at University of Central Florida demonstrates an interactive tool which cleverly animates objects like springs and cars, as well as math equations to "help students grasp math concepts".
He calls it "math sketching" and it's a great example of an interactive notebook.
When can I order one?
See the 12 Comments below.
15 Nov 2011 at 1:36 pm [Comment permalink]
Please tell me, assistant professor, where can I buy such software? Is there a version on the iPad?
15 Nov 2011 at 5:16 pm [Comment permalink]
@Jesse: No details on this yet - let me know if you find out anything!
17 Nov 2011 at 4:46 am [Comment permalink]
The hand-writing recognition of formulas is more interesting to me here...
17 Nov 2011 at 10:00 am [Comment permalink]
@Philip: Yes, I also think that is a good feature. MS Math also can do it. See MS Math 4.0.
11 Dec 2011 at 9:34 pm [Comment permalink]
The tool is called:
a prototype / experimental Tablet PC application for mathematical problem solving.
The keyword here is: "prototype",
"not widely available to us, mere mortals (yet)...".
Here's the Home page for "MathPad2":
[No longer available]
Unfortunately, the most recent web page update
was in Sept/2006...
Will we ever get to play with this?...
This is an excellent opportunity to get a tool like this,
out of the rarefied halls of academia,
and into the PCs of many interested people.
Hello, innovative web / software developers,
- are you listening?
12 Dec 2011 at 8:15 pm [Comment permalink]
@SFdude: Thanks for the information. I'm surprised how old the references are. Does this mean they have moved on...? But then again, they made the video recently...?
16 Dec 2011 at 1:02 am [Comment permalink]
That is so incredible!!! I want that so badly!
22 Jan 2012 at 6:19 am [Comment permalink]
@Murray: Mathpad2 was his PhD thesis @ Brown, and now he's continuing the work as a professor @ UCF (you can see the latest from his lab here: http://www.eecs.ucf.edu/isuelab/research/pen.php)
22 Jan 2012 at 8:43 am [Comment permalink]
@Todd: Thanks! Good to know he's still working on this. Hopefully he'll commercialize it someday soon. I'd say there is a market!
24 Jan 2012 at 9:22 pm [Comment permalink]
if mathematics were to be taught this way, as it has been illustrated, then the reading of mathematics would be as interesting as reading Shakespeare's books.
4 Apr 2012 at 11:38 am [Comment permalink]
This product is now available at
4 Apr 2012 at 5:25 pm [Comment permalink]
Thanks for alerting me, "D".
Any chance of a Mac and/or iPad version anytime soon...?