Stetson University

Margie Hale

Professor Emeritus

Margie Hale began her graduate study of mathematics with topology, the abstract study of surfaces. Near the beginning of her career, she discovered that she loved teaching as well as math. She became interested in teaching math aided by technology, later becoming a leader in the computer-assisted learning of differential equations. While at Stetson, she designed or redesigned courses in Differential Equations, Chaos and Fractals, and Introduction to Logic and Proof, resulting in the publication of interactive computer modules, and her book, Essentials of Mathematics. She represented Stetson in the Interactive Math Text Project and in the Consortium for Ordinary Differential Equations Experiments. Her work appears in the online Mathwright Library. Her latest project is a textbook based on the course Great Ideas In Mathematics. In retirement, she pursues the hobby of birding and enjoys her dog, Gamble.


  • Ph.D., Vanderbilt University, 1981
  • M.S., Vanderbilt University, 1979
  • B.S., Eckerd College, 1973

Course Topics

  • Chaos and Fractals
  • Great Ideas in Mathematics
  • Introduction to Logic and Proof
  • Differential Equations
  • Topology

Selected Publications

  • "Homeomorphism Groups of Some Direct Limit Spaces," Proc. AMS 85 (1982), 661-665.
  • Essentials of Mathematics, Mathematical Association of America, 2003. ISBN 0-88385-729-4.
  • Interactive software: Differential Equations Set (15 workbooks), Light, Chaos, more, Mathwright Library, 1994-2001.
  • A Guided Tour of Differential Equations, with Alexandra Skidmore, Prentice Hall, 1998. ISBN 0-13-592767-6.
  • "Interactive texts and a virtual environment", with Michael Branton, PRIMUS, 6 (1996) 59-66.


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