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The Mathematics Enthusiast

Authors

Robyn Pierce

Volume

2

Issue

2

Abstract

Computer Algebra Systems (CAS) performs algorithmic processes quickly and correctly. Concern is commonly expressed that students using CAS will merely be pushing buttons but this paper indicates that, while CAS may assist students, this facility impacts on only one section of the mathematical modeling process: CAS may be used to help find mathematical solutions to mathematically formulated problems. Controlling and monitoring the use of CAS to perform the necessary routine processes requires the mathematical thinking referred to as algebraic insight. This paper sets out a framework of the aspects, and elements of algebraic insight and illustrates the importance of students developing each of the two key aspects: algebraic expectation and ability to link representations. This framework may be used for both planning teaching and monitoring students’ progress.

First Page

107

Last Page

117

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Mathematics Commons

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