Handheld Technology:  A Catalyst for Student Active Learning

 

 

Professor Ed Connors

Department of Mathematics and Statistics

UMASS Amherst

Amherst, MA 01003

 

Professor Mary Ann Connors

Department of Mathematics

Westfield State College

Westfield, MA 01086

 

 

            In this presentation we will share some calculator activities that we have utilized in our mathematics classes.  The Texas Instruments Computer Algebra Systems (TI-89, TI-92 Plus), the Calculator Based Laboratory (CBL), and Calculator Based Ranger (CBR) are featured.  The mathematical topics will include Newton’s law of cooling and logistic growth.  The “spirit” of the presentation will incorporate the theme of “developing a feel for mathematics” a la Dr. John Berry, Director of the Centre for Teaching Mathematics, University of Plymouth, UK.