Electronic Proceedings of the 12th Asian Technology Conference in Mathematics
Abstract for 12820
Learning about derivatives using a graphics calculator
Authors: Barry Kissane
Affiliations: Murdoch University
Keywords: Novice, Undergraduate Level, K-12 Level, calculus,
calculators, teaching, learning
Graphics calculators offer a number of opportunities for introductory calculus students to explore significant concepts associated with derivatives. In this hands-on workshop, we will use the Casio fx-9860G graphics calculator to investigate some of these possibilities and to consider their implications for teaching and learning calculus and the curriculum in early calculus. It will be suggested that the development of the concepts is of key importance and should precede extensive work with symbolic manipulation. Previous experience with this calculator will not be assumed.