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Graphics calculators and algebra

Kissane, B. (1999) Graphics calculators and algebra. In: 8th South East Asian Conference on Mathematics Education, 30 May - 4 June 1999, Ateneo de Manila University, Quezon City, Philippines pp. 211-219.

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The personal technology of the graphics calculator is presently the only one likely to be available widely enough to influence curriculum design and implementation on a large scale. The algebra curriculum of the past is overburdened with symbolic manipulation at the expense of understanding for most students. But algebra is much more than just symbolic manipulation. Connections between some aspects of algebra: expressing generality, functions, equations and advanced algebra and some graphics calculator capabilities are briefly described. It is suggested that these kinds of connections need to be taken into account in developing the algebra curriculum as well as in classroom teaching.

Item Type: Conference Paper
Murdoch Affiliation(s): School of Education
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Notes: Appears In: 8th South East Asian Conference on Mathematics Education, Technical papers: Mathematics for the 21st century
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