Derive 6 ?
A Computer Program for Teaching and Learning Mathematics
Bernhard Kutzler
b.kutzler@aon.at
ACDCA  Austrian Center for Didactics of CA
Austria
Abstract
Since the days that computers emerged as fast and diligent numbercrunching
devices, mathematicians have searched for ways of getting them to
perform increasingly sophisticated tasks. This has led to the latest
development in technology, computer algebra systems, a sort of mathematical
expert system which is necessarily changing the way we do mathematics.
Derive is a very mature computer algebra system for PCs, its roots
go back to the late Seventies. It is the first computer algebra
system which was widely used as a tool for teaching and learning
mathematics. Many ministries and school authorities throughout Europe
have adopted Derive as the primary computer tool for mathematics
education. Derive 6 is the newest version with a lot of features
which support teachers and students in a mathematics class. We give
an overview of Derive 6 with emphasis on these more pedagogical
product features. We demonstrate these features with appropriate
classroom examples from lower and upper secondary school mathematics
and put them into a general didactical framework.
