Electronic Proceedings of the 12th 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



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.