Electronic Proceedings of the Thirteenth Annual Conference on Technology in Collegiate Mathematics



CONTRIBUTED PAPER: 13-C10

Enlightening the Black Box: Technology Motivating Mathematics

Lawrence M. Lesser
Department of Mathematics
Armstrong Atlantic State University
11935 Abercorn Street
Savannah, GA 31419
Phone: (912) 921-5672
Fax: (912) 921-2083
E-mail: lesserla@mail.armstrong.edu

ABSTRACT

Technology is too often used as a "black box" when doing tasks such as producing a line of fit, producing an interpolating polynomial or finding what window domain is large enough to show all roots and turning points of a polynomial. Using accessible "traditional" mathematics, teachers can help students use the technology with greater understanding.