ERIC Number: ED477688
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999
Computation, Exploration, Visualisation: Reaction to MATLAB in First-Year Mathematics.
Cretchley, Patricia; Harman, Chris; Ellerton, Nerida; Fogarty, Gerard
This paper describes a model for effective incorporation of technology into the learning experience of a large and diverse group of students in first-semester first-year tertiary mathematics. It describes the introduction of elementary use of MATLAB, in a course offered both on-campus and at a distance. The diversity of the student group is outlined, types of tasks employing MATLAB are listed, progressive class reaction is traced, and retrospective views expressed in interviews and focus discussion groups are reported. In conclusion, it is argued that careful introduction to MATLAB on attitudes to technology in the learning of mathematics. Recommendations are made for using scientific packages, for learning mathematics, for developing concepts, and for raising levels of involvement and appreciation in large classes. (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: In: Proceedings of the Delta '99 Symposium on Undergraduate Mathematics (Toowoowba, 1999).