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Archimedes of Syracuse

Rating: 4 stars
Used in Course: Used in course
Submitted by: orlando lacro (Student), Nov 19, 2003
Comment: I spent about one hour reading the essay and browsing through the myriad of
interesting links offered within this interesting site. Since this site is
located in the "general and liberal arts math" section of the Merlot Resource, I
was not expecting anything too focused and specific in terms of mathematical
concepts, theories and dialogue. What I found was exctly what I expected. A very
easy to read, interesting, general overview of the life and accomplishments of
Archimedes. I was so fascinated by the content and how it was represented, that
I did not find myself getting distracted or losing interest, even while I took
the time to investigate the other highlighting many other well known and
interesting figures within the world of mathematics. The quality of the content
is exceptional for the level in which it should be analyzed and for the level
in which it should be shared as a learning tool for other students. It is
obvious that there has been a lot of time and effort spent in the compiling and
laying out of this particular project. I feel, with the variety of data, and the
amount of relative links shared throughout the site, that this would definately
provide a great first exposure to students who are not normally interested in
this type of subject. And this would definately provide a fantastic springboard
to gather ideas for students who are preparing to embark in a major study
concerning Archimedes and his accomplishments. This is obviously not going to be
the stand-alone, nest of knowledge concerning the topic of Archimedes. And it
wasn't meant to be, this topic is too vast to exemplify completely in one shot.
I'm sure we will see more detailed examinations of Archimedes studies located in
the more specific forums located in the Merlot site. But what this site does
do, is offer a great general analysis of Archimedes for all students to share,
regardless of interest, or level in math. I think this would make a great
introductory tool for any classroom, or student seeking to get their feet wet,
as far as the subject of Archimedes is cconcerned.

Technical Remarks:

I felt it was fairly easy to navigate. As always, it is always nice to add
interactive depth for those who have stronger auditory, visual, kinesthetic and
spatial learning strengths.