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Symbolic manipulation on a TI-92: New threat or hidden treasures?

Kissane, B., Bradley, J. and Kemp, M. (1997) Symbolic manipulation on a TI-92: New threat or hidden treasures? In: Scott, N. and Hollingsworth, H., (eds.) Mathematics: Creating the future. Australian Association of Mathematics Teachers, Adelaide, S.A, pp. 388-396.

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The availability of hand held devices that can undertake symbolic manipulation is a recent phenomenon, potentially of great significance for both the algebra and calculus curriculum in the secondary and lower undergraduate years. The significance to date of symbolic manipulation for mathematics is described, and parallels drawn with the significance of arithmetic skills for the primary school. It is suggested that, while symbolic manipulation is central to mathematics, many students develop only a restricted competence with the associated mathematical ideas. The Texas Instruments TI-92 is used to suggest some potential beneficial uses of technology that involves symbolic manipulation.

Item Type: Book Chapter
Murdoch Affiliation(s): School of Education
Publisher: Australian Association of Mathematics Teachers
Copyright: 1997 AAMT
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Notes: Mathematics: Creating the future: proceedings of the 16th Biennial Conference of the Australian Association of Mathematics Teachers
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