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Some affordances and opportunities of advanced scientific calculators for learning introductory calculus

Kissane, B. (2021) Some affordances and opportunities of advanced scientific calculators for learning introductory calculus. In: 26th Asian Technology Conference in Mathematics, 13 - 15 December 2021, Virtual. Radford, VA and Suan Sunandha Rajabhat University, Thailand

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Abstract

Advanced scientific calculators, developed in recent years, include more sophisticated capabilities than original models, including some of direct relevance to elementary calculus. In this paper, some relevant calculator capabilities are described and their potential use for students and teachers of elementary calculus are illustrated and evaluated, against the framework of a model for learning mathematics with calculators. Despite the name of such devices, calculators derive their educational value from processes other than mere calculation. Key ideas of continuity, convergence, limits, differentiation and integration can be both represented and gainfully explored on an advanced scientific calculator, supporting student learning in powerful ways not otherwise available to many students in Asian countries.

Item Type: Conference Paper
Murdoch Affiliation(s): Education
Conference Website: https://atcm.mathandtech.org/
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/64363
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