Symbolic Computation Systems and Algebraic, Graphical, and Numerical Viewpoints in Elementary Calculus

  • Arnold Ostebee
Conference paper
Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (volume 107)


Widespread dissatisfaction with the traditional calculus course and recent technological advances have created new opportunities and challenges for mathematics educators. Symbolic computation systems (and some hand-held calculators) can now do many of the routine problems frequently assigned in first-year calculus courses. In this paper we describe a project that explores how the graphical, symbolic, and numerical computation capabilities of a modern symbolic computation system can be used in a first-year calculus course that focuses on the development of reasoning skills based on an understanding of calculus concepts.


symbolic computational systems computer algebra systems calculus visualization calculus reform undergraduate mathematics education 


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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1993

Authors and Affiliations

  • Arnold Ostebee
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  1. 1.St. Olaf CollegeNorthfieldUSA

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