ERIC Number: ED263929
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985
Reference Count: 0
A Microcomputer Lab for Algebra & Calculus.
Avery, Chris; And Others
An overview is provided of De Anza College's use of computerized instruction in its mathematics courses. After reviewing the ways in which computer technology is changing math instruction, the paper looks at the use of computers in several course sequences. The instructional model for the algebra sequence is based on a large group format of lectures supported by closely monitored laboratories, in which the computer acts as tutor and skill builder. The software for the calculus sequence allows students to picture relationships quickly using the hi-resolution graphics of the Apple computer, which can numerically perform concepts such as limits, differentiation, and integration at the touch of a key. The microcomputer lab supports both engineering calculus, which employs an open lab format to explore the ideas of calculus in a graphical intuitive as well as numerical setting; and business calculus, which employs a series of lab assignments on supply and demand, consumer surplus, annuities, and other problems of economics and finance. The software for the statistics course goes beyond the concepts of skills and tools to place the students in a simulated environment with a number of analytical and simulation methods at their disposal. Attachments include a list of current software titles, student information and typical lab assignments for intermediate algebra and a sample of calculus lab assignments. (AYC)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: De Anza Coll., Cupertino, CA.