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MAGE and PREKIN are software packages used by scientists to assist them in understanding molecular structure and function. PREKIN allows the user, starting with a set of Cartesian coordinates, to create a database that can then be displayed as an image using MAGE. The images (referred to as Kinemages) can be manipulated in 3 Dimensions. In addition, it is possible to perform distance and angle measurements on the objects as well as draw new lines that can be incorporated into the image. These capabilities make MAGE and PREKIN an excellent tool for use in K-12 mathematics and science.

We have used PREKIN and MAGE to create five introductory databases that contain images found in the K-12 mathematics and science curricula. The kinemage files created all run on JavaMage an applet that runs on any computer that is Java enabled. The kinemage files are in the process of being converted to run on JavaMage. We hope to have all of them installed soon.

Note to Teachers: Although it is possible to alter the *.kin file to create your own kinemage (this may be too timely, although interesting). It is suggested that teacher's simply re-edit the *txt.htm files to suite your target population. Questions can be made easier, or more difficult. If you have questions, please send comments to webmaster@edinformatics.com. Under Subject: --use keyword -- Java Mage.


TUTORIAL I: 1-Dimension, 2-Dimensions, 3-Dimensions ...This tutorial introduces the student to the software MAGE and it's 3 Dimensional capabilities. This is an excellent supplement for students who are studying solid geometric figures

TUTORIAL II: The Geometry of 2-Dimensions. Exercises in 2-Dimensional modeling of geometric figures. Student will be able to measure distances and perform simple calculations. The tutorial also extends on the Draw capabilities of MAGE.

TUTORIAL III: The Geometry of 3-Dimensions. 3-D technology is rapidly expanding (even the entertainment industry is experimenting with its use). Surprisingly, little solid geometry is in the K-12 mathematics curriculum. This tutorial introduces students to the geometry of 3 Dimensions.

TUTORIAL IV: The Geometry of Molecules This tutorial introduces the student to several types of molecules covered in a Middle School Physical Science curriculum (e.g., water, methane, benzene, amino acids). It is in this tutorial that students will begin to see the connections between mathematics and molecules.

Coming SoonTUTORIAL V: The Motion of Molecules Most students are so used to seeing molecules in books they think of them as both flat and static. To create these databases Molecular Dynamic Simulations were performed. The simulation allowed us to save as snapshots images over a period of 10 picoseconds. Using the animate capabilities of Kinemage students will be able to observe the motion of molecules over time.


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