ERIC Number: ED456044
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001-Aug-9
Learning the Concepts of Limits with Technology.
Rochowicz, John A., Jr.
An understanding of limits is valuable for learning advanced mathematics. Fundamental to almost all branches of mathematics, studying and applying limits enable students to pursue meanings instead of calculations to many different applications. The idea of nearness to a point instead of exactness is different for many students. Using spreadsheets and other forms of technology provide a variety of ways for the learner to understand and determine limits. This paper describes the use of spreadsheets and spreadsheet macros to calculate limits and visualize output. A variety of examples are shown for differentiation and integration. Through the use of technology, relevant situations become the focus of mathematical study. Concepts are more important than computations. And technology enables the student to be an active participant in the learning of mathematics. (Author)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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