Green's functions are powerful mathematical tools with strong pedagogical value providing not only solutions to difficult problems but also visualization for understanding phenomena. The majority of upper division engineering and materials science students receive very little exposure to Green's functions and the boundary element method. The Green's Functions Research and Education Enhancement Network (GREEN) Digital Library which the authors are developing will, therefore, play an important role in undergraduate and graduate education. The National Science Foundation has launched the National Science, Mathematics, Engineering, and Technology Education Digital Library (NSDL) program to stimulate and sustain continual improvements in the quality of science, mathematics, engineering, and technology education. The NSDL Program is a major digital library initiative and the GREEN Digital Library is a collaboration of the Center for Theoretical and Computational Materials Science of the Materials Science and Engineering Laboratory at the National Institute of Standards and Technology, Kent State University, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. This paper describes the primary components of the GREEN Digital Library, an organized collection of educational materials integrating research, education, and application of Green's functions to serve undergraduate and graduate communities:
1. Problem Bank: A bank of available “real-world” problems, introduced by industrial participants.
2. Code Bank: Working code for solved Green's functions routines.
3. Archive: A list of citations to relevant literature, and published / unpublished works subject to copyright restrictions, with links elsewhere for additional information.
4. Teaching Bank: A collection of lecture / course notes from existing university courses, as well as providing a forum for discussion of approaches to teaching this material.