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Ang, K. C., & Awyong, P. W. (1999). The use of Maple in first year undergraduate mathematics. In S. P. Loo (Ed.), Proceeds of the MERA-ERA Joint conference 1999: Educational Challenges in the New Millennium (pp. 1364-1368). Malacca, Malaysia.
In today’s Information Technology age, educators at all levels are using the power of
IT to enhance learning. This paper describes our experience in incorporating the use of a
Computer Algebra System (CAS), Maple V, into a traditional First Year Undergraduate
Mathematics course. It gives a summary of our approach to the overall organisation of the
course, illustrating the use of Maple as a tool to aid the teaching and learning of specific topics.
The effects of using Maple were measured by a student survey, conducted at the end of the
course. We report and discuss the findings of the survey in this paper. Overall, the approach has
had a positive impact on student learning. Although this experiment is on a First Year
Undergraduate course, the principles of the approach may be applied to the teaching of
Mathematics at other levels as well.
This paper was published in the 1999 Proceedings of the MERA-ERA Joint Conference held at Malacca, Malaysia from 1-3 December 1999
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