## Teaching Computer Algebra at the Versailles St-Quentin University : Experiences And Perspectives
*K. B. Su*
su@paris7.jussieu.fr
Laboratoire d'Electrochime Moléculaire
**Université Denis Diderot Paris 7**
Abstract
Several years ago, the University
of Versailles Saint-Quentin has
introduced the teaching of Maple
in the second year of Physical Sciences
and Mathematics cursus. This has
been carried out in the form of
practical work. The main objective
was to help the students in using
the new tools offered by modern
Computer Algebra software to solve
physics and mathematics problems.
Providing the students with alternative
insights into some aspects of mathematics
such as integration and linear algebra
was also looked for.
The general organization as well
as instruction schedules will be
described. Details concerning the
course material and how it was used
during the training sessions will
be given. The discussion will focus
on the results obtained over two
consecutive academic years. In order
to meet the expected support for
better learning modern Mathematics,
it came clearly to the conclusion
that there is a strong need in developping
more specific teaching modules based
on the Computer Algebra technology.
Otherwise, the cursus just looked
like an introduction to the use
of Maple (or some similar and currently
available software) mainly as a
powerful mathematical tool.
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