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ERIC Number: EJ874176
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Pages: 4
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 7
ISSN: ISSN-1744-2710
Computer Algebra versus Manipulation
Zand, Hossein; Crowe, David
International Journal for Technology in Mathematics Education, v11 n1 p25-28 2004
In the UK there is increasing concern about the lack of skill in algebraic manipulation that is evident in students entering mathematics courses at university level. In this note we discuss how the computer can be used to ameliorate some of the problems. We take as an example the calculations needed in three dimensional vector analysis in polar coordinate systems, and argue that these form a deterrent to many students. We illustrate how a computer algebra package may be used to shorten the length and complexity of these calculations with only modest effort from the teacher. (Contains 5 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom