Using spreadsheets to make algebra more accessible - part 1: equations and functions

Green, John (2008) Using spreadsheets to make algebra more accessible - part 1: equations and functions. Australian Mathematics Teacher, 64 (4). pp. 7-11. ISSN 0045-0685


'[T]he true ability to think, perceive, and analyse mathematically.' What does this mean? Some might argue that it is the ability to solve problems. Others might say that it has more to do with advanced applications of
procedures in particular contexts. I would like to put a slightly different spin on this by viewing it, at least partly, in terms of one's ability to use understanding in one concept to bridge understanding into another. The
making of such connections will help to make the teaching and learning of mathematics more interesting and more attainable especially for those who might struggle with the discipline.
This article is the first in a series of two papers that attempt to address such an idea. The articles endeavour to give teachers some practical, spreadsheet-based ideas for helping students make appropriate connections between particular algebraic concepts, in order to understand,
through a contemporary context, some of the processes by which mathematics develops.

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Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Education
Date Deposited: 22 Apr 2009 14:53
Last Modified: 18 Apr 2016 05:50
Fields of Research : 08 Information and Computing Sciences > 0803 Computer Software > 080399 Computer Software not elsewhere classified
13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130208 Mathematics and Numeracy Curriculum and Pedagogy
13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy
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