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

Atlanta, Georgia, November 16-19, 2000

Paper C010

Enlightening the Black Box: Technology Motivating Mathematics

Lawrence M. Lesser

Department of Mathematics
Armstrong Atlantic State University
11935 Abercorn Street
Savannah, GA 31419
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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.

Keyword(s): pedagogy