Electronic Proceedings of the Twentyfirst Annual International Conference on Technology in Collegiate MathematicsNew Orleans, Louisiana, March 1215, 2009Paper S083
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Technologydriven Investigations for Intermediate Algebra for Business Majors 
Wendiann Sethi
Seton Hall University

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We have found that using technologydriven investigations allows students to easily understand the three forms in which functions can be represented  as tables, graphs, and equations. With the use of graphing calculators, Excel, and Maple, students work through various tasks to learn the nature of the mathematical models that are created by these functions. Students enjoy these in class activities and work well in small groups to find the answers to the questions. This article discusses examples for the graphing calculator, Excel, and Maple that are used in our new class of intermediate algebra/college algebra for business majors.
Keyword(s): college algebra, Maple, spreadsheets, graphing calculators