Exploring
introductory calculus with a graphics calculator
Barry Kissane
kissane@murdoch.edu.au
Education
Murdoch University
Australia
Abstract
A graphics calculator provides students with new opportunities for
learning important mathematical ideas, in addition to providing
a means of undertaking mathematical computations. In this handson
workshop, we will focus on the first of these two opportunities,
those concerned with the learning of mathematical concepts. We will
use Casio cfx9850GB PLUS graphics calculators to explore several
key areas of introductory calculus first encountered in the senior
secondary school, including the concepts of derivatives, integrals,
limits, continuity and asymptotic behaviour, to illustrate important
principles about learning mathematical ideas with the assistance
of technology. Previous experience with this particular calculator
will not be assumed.
