Introducing Mathwright Microworlds
Microworld: Transformations of a Function
You may enter the microworld now by clicking the hyperlink or the image above.
You may move back and forth among the story pages of the microworld, and, whenever you return to a story page previously visited -- even after you have closed and reopened your browser -- you will not have to wait for objects to be downloaded again. Once cached, objects are immediately available on future visits. In fact, during a single session, any structure you might have created -- a graph, a table of data, mathematical text, a matrix, etc. -- will be there waiting for you when you return to a story page. This persistence of data is often useful, as our next two microworld examples will show.
Microworlds can be designed to encourage students to experiment with an idea from different perspectives. They usually allow students to approach a topic from their own levels of understanding and to ask their own questions. This style of storytelling can be both integrative and constructivist, and it can support visualization in a way that stand-alone demonstrations seldom do.