The Impact of CAS Use in Introductory Engineering Mathematics

Karsten Schmidt (Invited author), Pernille Rattleff (Invited author), Peter Munkebo Hussmann (Invited author)

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In this paper we describe and discuss the way the usual challenges of CAS use has been met with in a first year engineering mathematics course which is based on a thorough and experienced implementation of the advanced CAS program Maple. The intensive use of Maple seems to cause a decrease in the students’ preparation for the lessons and in their use of the classic textbooks. Not all of the students seem to fully utilize the experimental benefits of the software program and some of the students do not avoid pitfalls like doing exercises just by changing the variables in the provided Maple examples. In our conclusion we suggest an upgrading of the Maple Demos in a way that strengthens the interactive and conceptual potentials at the expense of the repetitive ones.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProgress in Industrial Mathematics at ECMI 2008
EditorsAlistair D. Fitt, John Norbury, Hilary Ockendon, Eddie Wilson
Publication date2010
Publication statusPublished - 2010
Event15th European Conference on Mathematics for Industry - University College London, London, United Kingdom
Duration: 30 Jun 20084 Jul 2008


Conference15th European Conference on Mathematics for Industry
LocationUniversity College London
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
Internet address
SeriesMathematics for Industry


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