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

Orlando, Florida, November 17-20, 1994

Paper P002

The Impact of the Graphic Calculator on the Mathematics Curriculum

Hilary Ballantine

Napier University
Edinburgh, EH14 1DJ


The aim of this research is to examine the impact of the graphic calculator on the mathematics curriculum. In pursuit of this aim learning materials are currently being produced and tested which are intended to integrate the use of the graphic calculator. Our objective is to encourage a deep approach to learning, and promote relational or conceptual understanding rather than instrumental learning. The research is being pursued through three strands. The first involves a 1st year Edinburgh University course in mathematics for non specialists. The second involves the teaching of linear and non-linear systems of differential equations to a final year class at Napier University. The third involves a 1st year engineering course at Napier University. The poster will contain brief descriptions of the three projects, examples of students' output, examples of the materials that have been developed, results of preliminary evaluation, including student and staff responses, and technological demonstrations.

Keyword(s): pedagogy, graphing calculators, differential equations