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

Orlando, Florida, November 17-20, 1994

Paper C028

Some Interesting Examples of the Use of Computer Algebra Systems in Introductory Courses

Abi Fattahi

Department of Mathematics
Whittier College
Whittier, CA 90608
Phone: (310) 907-4807
Fax: (310) 698-4067

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The author has used Maple in teaching calculus and other introductory courses in the last five years. Selected examples of weekly lab exercises and projects will be discussed. These include a complete analysis of the number of trailing zeros in n! and devising an algorithm for calculating this number, use of Maple's plotting routines to draw interesting graphs, and a discussion of pattern recognition and discovery of formulas using computer algebra systems.

Keyword(s): Maple, calculus, integrals