Intelligent Math Tutor (IMT) is a software system that serves as a template for creating software for teaching mathematics.

IMT can be easily connected to artificial-intelligence software and other analysis software through input and output of files. IMT provides an easy-to-use interface for generating courses that include tests that contain both multiplechoice and fill-in-the-blank questions, and enables tracking of test scores. IMT makes it easy to generate software for Web-based courses or to manufacture compact disks containing executable course software. IMT also can function as a Web-based application program, with features that run quickly on the Web, while retaining the intelligence of a high-level language application program with many graphics. IMT can be used to write application programs in text, graphics, and/or sound, so that the programs can be tailored to the needs of most handicapped persons. The course software generated by IMT follows a "back to basics" approach of teaching mathematics by inducing the student to apply creative mathematical techniques in the process of learning. Students are thereby made to discover mathematical fundamentals and thereby come to understand mathematics more deeply than they could through simple memorization.

This program was written by Robert O. Shelton of Johnson Space Center, and Travis A. Moebes and Anna Beall of Science Applications International Corp. For further information, contact the Johnson Commercial Technology Office at (281) 483-3809.


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This article first appeared in the April, 2005 issue of NASA Tech Briefs Magazine.

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