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ERIC Number: EJ874181
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 12
ISSN: ISSN-1744-2710
Emptying the Bowl: An Investigation of Probability and Mathematics Using CAS as an Inquiry-Based Counting Tool
Edwards, Michael T.
International Journal for Technology in Mathematics Education, v11 n3 p91-100 2004
This article advances a view of Computer Algebra Systems (CAS) as powerful inquiry-based learning tools. Through an in-depth exploration of the "Emptying the Bowl" activity, upper level mathematics students test their own mathematical hypotheses, thoughtfully analyse and manipulate computer-generated output, and answer questions involving experimental and theoretical probabilities. Throughout the investigation, CAS provides intermediate results rather than "final answers." The unforeseen complexities that underlie "Emptying the Bowl" encourage students (and their teachers) to reconsider connections between early grades and upper level mathematics. (Contains 1 table and 6 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education; Higher Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United States