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.