Journal article

Computer algebra systems: Permitted but are they used?

R PIERCE, C Bardini

Australian Senior Mathematics Journal | AAMT | Published : 2015

Abstract

Since the 1990s, computer algebra systems (CAS) have been available in Australia as hand-held devices designed for students with the expectation that they will be used in the mathematics classroom. Prior to the development of hand-held CAS (first the TI-92 in 1995), these programs (for example: Derive, Mathematica, Maple) were available for computers but had limited penetration in schools. In Victoria, CAS use at school and at home was permitted for senior secondary mathematics students completing externally set extended tasks known as ‘Common Assessment Tasks’ (Leigh-Lancaster & Rowe, 1999). However, in 2002 further institutional value was accorded to the use of CAS through the trial of a n..

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