Mathematics Web Sites

This page is designed to help the students and faculty of Jacksonville State University, and the general public, in finding reference, tutorial, scholarly, and recreational information related to mathematics on the internet.

(New to the internet? Check out the JSU Library's Internet Information Site for help.)


Organizations   ||   Information   ||   Careers  

   Graduate Study   ||   Teaching and Learning  ||   Miscellaneous Directories


·         Mathematics Organizations

The following organizations are the major hubs for professional activity in mathematics. They offer a wide variety of information and services. Though each has a different focus (as indicated), their concerns overlap a great deal:

    • Mathematical Association of America (MAA): the major organization for undergraduate mathematics, recreational mathematics, and mathematics education:
    • American Mathematical Society (AMS): the major organization for graduate level mathematics and research in mathematics; also concerned with mathematics and mathematics education at all levels.
    • Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM): the major organization for applied mathematics:

 

These organizations are special interest groups, but they have much to offer everyone:

 

·         Locating Mathematics Information on the Internet

News: Articles and Columns

    • MAA Online:
      • News and Features: mostly of current professional interest.
      • Columns: interesting articles by a number of different authors on a variety of topics, many of which will be of interest to anyone who likes to read about mathematics.
    • Notices of the AMS: the AMS newsletter.
    • What's New in Mathematics: an online AMS magazine intended to promote public awareness of mathematics. It features items of interest both to professional mathematicians and to the general public and is one of the most heavily accessed areas of the AMS online service e-MATH.
    • SIAM News: the SIAM newsletter.
    • Science News Online
      • "MathTrek": archived articles on mathematics by Ivars Peterson.
      • Science News Online Home Page: includes a link to a search engine indexing all the full text Science News articles and other special features available online; often turns up additional mathematics articles not included in MathTrek.

Links to General Information

Here you can find an incredible variety of mathematics at every level from preschool to cutting edge research. The presentations are equally varied, and some are quite novel. Have fun exploring these sites; there is truly something for everyone. (Note: some links having many equations and/or a great deal of graphics may be slow to load when the internet is in heavy use. If you encounter this problem, you might want to try again during off-peak hours.)

The best all around mathematics site on the internet:

      • Includes the famous Ask Dr. Math forum, where a team of volunteer mathematicians post answers to questions submitted by "viewers" from all over the country. (The questions and answers are saved in an indexed and searchable archive.)
      • The Math Forum Internet News features reviews of mathematics sites on the internet.


The most comprehensive single reference work for mathematics on the internet, an enormous online encyclopedia:


Online books - a growing number of complete books are available online, and here is a good place to look for them:


A sampling of interesting sites indicative of the variety of web projects that people have undertaken:


Places to search and browse for more mathematics sites:

COMPREHENSIVE COLLECTIONS

 

 

SELECTIVE COLLECTIONS

 

 

SEARCH ENGINES AND INDEXES

 

 

PEER-REVIEWED COLLECTIONS

 

 

Computer Software, Graphing Calculators, etc: 

    • AMS Index of Mathematical Software: a good starting point both for finding help with software you already use and for finding new software for a particular task. Covers both free and commercial software.
    • Mathematics Archives Software Collection: well organized; one of the best places to look for mathematics software, particularly shareware.
    • TeX Resources: a collection of links to information about TeX and LaTeX put together by the AMS.
    • Yahoo! Calculator Links: plenty of information on TI, HP, and Casio calculators.
    • The Mathematica Integrator: type in the formula for any function you would like to integrate, and get a formula for its antiderivative, if there is one. A free service of Wolfram Research, Inc., developers of the computer algebra system Mathematica.
    • The On-Line Encyclopedia of Integer Sequences: A database of nearly 90,000 sequences.  Enter a handful of terms from your sequence and you will get the available information about it (possibly including a name, description, formula, programs for generating the sequence, references, or links to relevant web pages).
    • IDEA: Created and maintained by a team at Washington State University and sponsored by NSF, this is a nice collection of free software for learning about and teaching differential equations. Includes DynaSys, a rather complete package for the graphical and numerical analysis of ordinary differential equations of up to order three which is very user friendly (menu driven and so on) and easy to learn.
    • Peanut Software for Windows: Rick Parris of Phillips Exeter Academy has created several free software programs which are user friendly and easy to learn, including ``Winplot'', which can plot graphs in the plane (of functions expressed several different ways, including implicitly defined functions) , surfaces in 3-D, and solutions to systems of ordinary differential equations, and ''Wingeom'', which can create and animate high precision geometric constructions in two and three dimensions. (Students: you might prefer Winplot to your graphing calculator for some things, since you can nicely print your graphs!)
    • Numerical Recipes Home Page: contains the Numerical Recipes books free online; a great first stop for anyone looking for suitable C or Fortran code to implement standard numerical algorithms and sound basic information and advice on such algorithms.

 

·         Careers in Mathematics

The following online brochures provide nice, brief overviews of careers in the mathematical sciences:


These sites provide a wealth of detailed information on what kind of jobs are available in the mathematical sciences, how to go about preparing for these jobs, and how to find them:

    • AMS - MAA - SIAM Project on Nonacademic Employment in the Mathematical Sciences Career Information
      • Home Page
      • Mathematics Careers Bulletin Board: profiles of people with mathematics backgrounds who work in all kinds of jobs. Includes active profiles, in which you can ask individuals specific questions about their work, and archived profiles.
      • Mathematicians: Includes links to related occupations such as statistician and computer scientist.
      • School Teachers: The demand for mathematics teachers continues to be very high.
    • Actuarial Science:

 

·         Graduate Study in Mathematics

Good advice for those considering graduate school in mathematics, applied mathematics, or statistics:


Starting points for deciding where you might go for graduate work:


In order to apply to many graduate programs you will have to take the "general" and/or "subject" Graduate Record Examination (GRE), which is administered by ETS:

 

·         Teaching and Learning Mathematics 

Organizations

Resources

Web pages from major mathematics organizations referenced above:


Web pages from the major mathematics web sites referenced above:

    • The Math Forum


Sites devoted entirely to education:


Here are a few particularly nice collections of materials related to the teaching and learning of mathematics. (Many more such collections can be found in the links above.)

    • AP Central: has plenty of information about the AP Calculus and AP Statistics Exams, including old exam questions (with answers) and links to web sites which are relevant to the calculus and statistics involved in these exams. In order to access most of this information, you have to register but it is quick and easy to do so. This site is very worthwhile for teachers and students of these AP courses.
    • IB Higher Level Mathematics Syllabus:  from the mathematics department of the Chinese International School in Hong Kong.  Contains over 100 links arranged according to the International Baccalaureate syllabus for Higher Mathematics.
    • Busy Teachers' Website K - 12: Mathematics: a collection by Carolyn Cole of Georgia Tech.
    • The Teacher's Aide: Mathematics: a select collection aimed at providing material which can be put to good use in the classroom.
    • MEGA Mathematics: a site designed to help teachers bring a variety of fun, creative ideas into the elementary school classroom.
    • Chance:  Interesting materials for teaching probability and statistics courses.  Includes “Chance News” which features articles about statistics suitable for undergraduates, and articles involving statistics from various general sources (newspapers, etc.) with thought provoking questions.
    • MIT Open Courseware Project: Materials (lecture notes, assignments, examinations, sometimes even videos of lectures) for selected courses at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. 

 

And finally, here is a unique online community for anyone interested in mathematical problem solving:

    • The Art of Problem Solving Community:   a community designed to bring experts and novices together.  Membership in the community is free and includes access to an online forum and interactive “Math Jams”.  Online classes are offered for a modest fee.  

 

·         Miscellaneous Directories

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Revised – December 16, 2003

 

Questions, comments, and suggestions about this page are welcome. Direct these to:

 

Jeff Dodd
Associate Professor of Mathematics
Department of Mathematical, Computing, and Information Sciences
Jacksonville State University
email: jdodd@jsucc.jsu.edu

 

 


 

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