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Conceptual development and the modern scientific calculator: Using a forgotten technology

Kissane, B. and Kemp, M. (2013) Conceptual development and the modern scientific calculator: Using a forgotten technology. In: 18th Asian Technology Conference in Mathematics, 7 - 11 December 2013, Mumbai, India



Calculators have frequently been regarded only as devices to perform calculations and thus often regarded with disapproval by mathematics teachers. With the availability of sophisticated technologies in many settings, it seems that the potential for scientific calculators has been neglected recently, and developments in this technology not adequately exploited. This is of particular significance in developing countries, where resources are limited. In this analyti c paper, we highlight some opportunities created for conceptual development with regular access to a modern scientific calculator. The focus is on the development and deep understanding of mathematical concepts, widely recognized as of prime importance to student learning. The analysis is illustrated with examples related to the multiple representation of concepts and to the use of an advanced scientific calculator to provide numerical experience of important mathematical concepts .

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