Electronic Proceedings of the Seventh Annual International Conference on Technology in Collegiate Mathematics

Orlando, Florida, November 17-20, 1994

Paper C027

Motivating Mathematical Understanding via Surprises on the TI-85

Bruce Edwards

Department of Mathematics
University of Florida
201 Walker Hall
Gainesville, FL 32611
Phone: (904) 392-6165

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Technology has become a powerful tool for better understanding mathematics, and there are many strong arguments for using it in our mathematics classrooms. Graphing calculators or symbolic computer programs allow for

In this talk we will discuss another way technology can be used to motivate student interest in the classroom. We will present a series of examples on the TI-85 that produce surprising results. These surprises can be the focus of classroom discussion and motivate further mathematical study. Some of the examples will be