A presentation from the STEM Annual Conference 2014.
Most Mathematics students learn some computing, and many students need to use it in their studies, often in Numerical Analysis or Statistics. This knowledge and skill may be self-taught, taught by the Mathematics Department or taught by the Computer Science Department. It is the contention of this paper that none of these is right, and an integrated interdisciplinary course is to be preferred, yields better intellectual results, and much enhances the Mathematics student’s appreciation, not just of Computing, but also of Mathematics. Having established a relevant course, the issue is to make it seem relevant to the students. This, we believe, is best done through a mixture of relevant examples and illustrative mini-lectures.