Electronic Proceedings of the Tenth Annual Conference on
Technology in Collegiate Mathematics
CONTRIBUTED PAPER: 10-C35
Calculator/Geometry Strategies for Understanding x^(m/n)
John J. Edgell, Jr.
Southwest Texas State University
601 University Drive
San Marcos, Texas 78666
Fax: (512) 245-3425
Michael J. Brown, M.Ed.
Secondary Mathematics teacher
Comal Independent School District
Res: 200 Camaro Way
San Marcos, TX 78666
Phone: (512) 392-2503
Some students may benefit in the understanding and applying real numbers
of the form x^(m/n) from a combination of calculator and theoretical
geometric techniques. This paper will demonstrate a seven-step calculator
routine and a spiral sequence of similar right trigons for conceptualizing
and applying real numbers of the form x^(m/n), with examples. Papers will
be distributed which will include specific geometric spiral examples with
corresponding coordinates and calculator routines, and a rationale for such
spirals will be attached.