Thesis / Dissertation

AN INVESTIGATION OF THE EFFECTS OF A GRAPHICS CALCULATOR BASED APPROACH ON THE LEARNING AND TEACHING OF YEAR 8 EQUATION SOLVING

C Mesiti, G Asp (ed.), H Chick (ed.)

Published : 2002

Abstract

In the middle years of schooling, the topic of equation solving generally begins teaching students how to find solutions to linear equations using traditional by-hand techniques. This is a student’s first formal introduction to algebraic equation solving and many master the techniques involved, however, few students acquire a conceptual understanding of the notion of a solution or the solution process. A graphics calculator is capable of plotting a function, generating a table of values and testing whether a number is a solution to an equation, all in a matter of moments. They are currently used in VCE mathematical studies and examinations. The aim of this investigation is to study the e..

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