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ERIC Number: EJ865975
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 12
ISSN: ISSN-1051-1970
Multiple Representations and the Understanding of Taylor Polynomials
Habre, Samer
PRIMUS, v19 n5 p417-432 2009
The study of Maclaurin and Taylor polynomials entails the comprehension of various new mathematical ideas. Those polynomials are initially discussed at the college level in a calculus class and then again in a course on numerical methods. This article investigates the understanding of these polynomials by students taking a numerical methods class at the Lebanese American University in Beirut. The class adopted a closed laboratory format where "Mathematica" was used extensively. Results show that the added graphical dimension due to the use of the software does not necessarily contribute to a further understanding of the topics under examination. In fact, each subject of the study exhibited a unique mode of understanding: For one, it was purely graphical, for another analytical/numerical, and for the third all three modes complemented each other. (Contains 3 figures and 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Lebanon