Cecilia Knoll

Professor | Mathematical Sciences

Contact Information

(321) 674-7114
Building 406, 107

Personal Overview

Dr. Knoll received her B.S. in Mathematics Education from Florida Technological University (now University of Central Florida) in 1977.  Employed as a member of the Math Department at Florida Institute of Technology since 1977, she also earned her M.S. in 1980 and her Ph. D. in Science Education (with major technical area of mathematics and minor in computer science) in 1990 at FIT.

She is currently Full Professor in Mathematical Sciences Department and has taught at Florida Tech since 1977.

She was the first author of two textbooks:

  1. Discovering Calculus with Mathematica
  2. Discovering Linear Algebra with Mathematica

Her current interests include improving calculus instruction (using technology, etc.) and teacher training.

Educational Background

B.A. University of Central Florida 1977
M.S. Florida Institute of Technology 1980
Ph.D. Florida Institute of Technology 1990

Professional Experience

Dr. Knoll has taught mathematics on the college level since 1977. In addition, she has been an educational consultant and contributor.

Current Courses


Calculus 1

Calculus 2

Advanced Geometry

Selected Publications

GO Tutorials for Calculus with Analytic Geometry, Wiley Publishing, 2009.

Using a computer algebra system (Mathematica) to simplify expressions for Titchmarsh-Weyl m-functions associated with the hydrogen atom on the half-line, C. Knoll and C. Fulton, arxiv:0812.4974, Cornell University, 2009.

To calculator or not to calculator, that is the question for mathematics classes, presented at NCSSSMST national conference in Dallas, TX, February, 2008.

Titchmarsh-Weyl m-functions for second order Sturm-Liouville problems with two singular endpoints,) by Charles Fulton, Mathematische Nachrichten 281, No. 10, 1418 1475, 2008, contributor.

Deo, S.G. and C.A. Knoll. 1998. Kth Order Convergence.

Knoll, C.A., M.D. Shaw, J. Johnson, B. Evans. 1995. Discovering Calculus with Mathematica; Wiley.

Fausett, L.V. and C.A. Knoll. 1991. "Effective Use of Teaching Assistants in First Year Calculus;" PRIMUS, Vol. 1, No. 4, pp. 407-414.

Recognition & Awards

Received the Kerry Bruce Clark Award for Excellence in Teaching

2013 Phi Eta Sigma Teaching Excellence Award; State of Florida Teaching Certificate (expired)

Alpha Phi Omega founding member and faculty advisor at Florida Tech.

Past President of Phi Kappa Phi (academic honor fraternity) and lifetime member.


Dr. Knoll’s research activities focus on mathematics education at the college level, particularly calculus instruction. Included in this is the integration of technology into the mathematics curriculum, placement testing (remediation) and teacher training, particularly graduate student assistants. Mathematical areas of interest include solutions to differential equations, linear algebra and geometry.

Using the mastery learning method in early precalculus and calculus courses

Graduate assistants teaching workshop

Using Mathematica in calculus laboratories