Integrating Technology with Mathematical Modeling
Zhonghong Jiang
jiangz@fiu.edu
Subject Specializations
Florida International University
United States
Abstract
National
conferences and committees have increasingly advocated an emphasis on
problem solving and mathematical modeling. Technology is a natural tool
for mathematical modeling. It would be less than optimal and sometimes
difficult for us to teach and for students to explore mathematical modeling
without using technology. This paper will describe the use of various
technologies in the mathematical modeling activities that we designed
for several mathematics and mathematics education courses in the teacher
preparation programs at FIU. Many examples will be given to show how the
students use the Internet, graphing and curve fitting software, and spreadsheets
to collect, represent and analyze data, and to build mathematical models.
The students' use of other technologies such as statistics software, dynamic
geometry software, graphing calculators, and Calculatorbased Laboratory
(CBL) will also be introduced. Integrating technology with mathematical
modeling can stimulate the students' problem solving and mathematical
reasoning insights and their learning interest, and enable the future
teachers to appreciate the power of mathematics that helps them understand
the world.
