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ERIC Number: ED459085
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001
Pages: 13
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Mathematical Modeling with a "CAS" in an Introductory Course of Differential Equations.
Balderas Puga, Angel
In this paper are described some features of the intensive use of math software, primarily Derive, in the context of modeling in an introductory university course in differential equations. Different aspects are detailed: changes in the curriculum that includes not only course contents, but also the sequence of introduction to various topics and methodologies. For example, the use of software at the beginning of the course follows a black box strategy, in order to emphasize mathematical modeling and the discussion of theory's central problems. Also covered is the enrichment of discussion about classic problems; using CAS (Computer Algebra Systems) potentialities to demonstrate properties without the necessities of investing excessive time in technical details, avoiding long and boring calculations; design and redesign of materials that attempt to guarantee success of information technology integration; combined use of several software packages, and finally, feedback from students and assessment. In addition, examples are presented to demonstrate the support materials utility for high school calculus. (Contains 5 figures and 19 references.) (Author/PVD)
Publication Type: Information Analyses
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Language: English
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