ERIC Number: ED211071
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Use of a Microcomputer in the Teaching of High School Mathematics.
The major intent of this project was to design microcomputer lessons utilizing the unique features of computers to teach a high school mathematics topic. After reviewing the literature, it was decided to write a series of three tutorial lessons for a class in high school trigonometry which would present the concepts of amplitude, period, phase shift, and vertical translation of a sine wave. Lessons were developed and preliminary trials of the materials were conducted using ten students from a trigonometry class and four students from a geometry class. These students' knowledge of the materials was tested before and after the use of the tutorial; additionally, each student completed a questionnaire giving reactions to the lessons. The computer lessons proved to need appropriate accompanying materials and instruction in order to be effective, but students seemed to enjoy the uniqueness of the computer presentation. It was concluded that future work on the project should include: (1) the development of printed materials to accompany the lessons; (2) improvement of some of the lessons, especially the legibility of the graphics of the third lesson; and (3) formal testing of the materials in high school classrooms. Program listings written in BASIC for the Compucolor II are included as well as 36 references. (Author/LLS)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Masters Theses; Non-Print Media
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Master's Thesis, San Jose State University.