Introducing Calculus
with a Graphics Calculator
Barry
Kissane B.Kissane@murdoch.edu.au Education Murdoch
University Australia
Abstract
Classroom use of a graphics calculator can allow students to
explore important matehmatical ideas and to make connections between
them. In this workshop, we will use Casio fx9860G graphics
calculators to explore some calculus ideas that are first
encountered in the senior secondary school, including those of
derivatives, integrals, limits, continuity, asymptotic behaviour and
elementary differential equations. These explorations will be used
to illustrate important principles about learning mathematical ideas
with the assistance of technology. Previous experience with this
particular calculator will not be assumed.
