ERIC Number: ED460012
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-May
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New Insight in Mathematics by Live CAS Documents.
Traditional education in mathematics is mostly a matter of hindsight, and many mathematics texts offer little opportunity for students and learners to gain insight. This paper shows how experiments in CAS (computer algebra systems) can lead to new ways of handling problems, new conjectures, new visualizations, new proofs, new correspondences between theories and sometimes even new definitions. Experimentation will also have an effect on the teaching of mathematics and its applications, together with the introduction of CAS and symbolic programming. The paper provides examples that involve randomness and simulations by CAS and describes how "live" documents are being offered in classroom lecturing using data projection, and also on CD-ROM and local servers as a template for project work by the students at Vrije Universiteit in Belgium. Next fall semester class work will be fully interactive in a special classroom equipped with laptop computers. The use of CAS "live" documents in mathematics also offers opportunities for distance learning, and some of the material is already being used in such programs. All documents are written in Mathematica. Some of these were written under the "Exploot" project (experimental learning environment using education technology), funded by the Education Department of the Flemish regional government in Belgium. (Author/DDR)
For full text: http://www.math.unm.edu/ACA/2001/Proceedings/Education/ CNOP_abstract.pdf.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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