Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Update from JMM2014: WeBWork, LaTeX, and Sage Cells

I was in Baltimore for a couple of days last week and concentrated on talks related to open source texts and software.   I spoke in one of the sessions on open source texts, outlining this project.

There were three main things I added to my "to do" list based on the talks I attended.
  1. Start developing problem sets for WeBWork.   To that end, I've arranged for out WeBWork server at UMass Lowell to updated, and once that's done I hope to get started on developing problems.
  2. Start the process of converting our book to LaTeX.   One of the talks, by David Farmer, convinced me that getting our "source content" into a mainstream  format is the way to go.
  3. Embedded Sage Cells seem to be a good to introduce the use of Sage in mathematics.  I hope to gradually add content in that form to our web page.  I did a short test page showing how to create graphs at
This should keep me busy for a while!

By the way, the Baltimore Convention Center is next door to Camden Yards and also near the birthplace of Babe Ruth.