__Electronic Proceedings
of the 12 ^{th} Asian Technology Conference in Mathematics__

**Abstract for 13018**

* MuPAD for
the Classroom - A Discussion on Using Computer Algebra *

* Systems in Teaching Mathematics*

Authors: Miroslaw
Majewski

Affiliations: New York Institute of
Technology, Abu Dhabi Campus,

SciFace GmBH, Paderborn, Germany

Keywords:

It is well known that Computer
Algebra Systems (CAS), for instance

Mathematica,
Maple, MuPAD or Derive, provide computational power
to

solve many
mathematical problems faster and more efficiently than

using the
old paper-and-pencil methods. The availability of such

software
and its ability to deal with most undergraduate mathematics

problems cannot be
ignored. A mathematics educator cannot stay

neutral in
this issue. Indeed, the emergence of such software has

divided
mathematics educators into two almost separate groups -those

who
believe that we should use such software in teaching mathematics

as much as
possible, and those who think that we should completely

avoid technology
in mathematics classes.

In this paper we will analyze
various points of view on using CAS in

teaching
mathematics. We will show how some of the major concerns

can be
overcome. Finally, we will discuss the MuPAD for the

classroom
project, where the main objective is to develop a

comprehensive
set of materials to help educators incorporate MuPAD

efficiently
into undergraduate mathematics teaching. Most of the

issues
discussed in this paper are related to teaching high school

mathematics.
In a few places we will also consider the university

point of
view. However, it is important to note that in many

aspects,
the CAS situation at the university is quite different than

in high
school.