Mathematica™ in context

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International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 2003, 34 (5), pp. 699 - 718
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Aspects of the problem of teaching introductory undergraduate mathematics are considered in the context of both an increased participation rate in higher education as well as increasingly sophisticated computational technology. In particular, some of the changes in student and governmental expectations of course outcomes are canvassed, and an ongoing project initiated as a response both to these changes and to the availability of modern computational algebra systems that have sophisticated user interfaces is described. The project's aim is to develop students' mathematical understanding by undertaking practical laboratory work focused on applications that are perceived by students to be relevant to their social context and employment aspirations. © 2003 Taylor & Francis Group, LLC.
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