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

Houston, Texas, November 16-19, 1995

Paper C037

Using Graphing Calculators to Motivate Students in a Calculus Course

Mingzhi Xu

Department of Mathematics
Ohio State University
Columbus, OH 43210
Phone: (614) 292-5814

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When students use a graphing calculator to do concavity problems, they often succeed easily. So they are not eager to learn the theory. I have found many exercises in the normal curriculum which are easy to do by hand yet extremely hard to do by a graphing calculator, especially for a beginning student who wants to use the calculator to do his work.

Keyword(s): graphing calculators, calculus