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Effects of Computer Algebra Systems on Concept and Skill Acquisition in Calculus

Jeanette R. Palmiter
Journal for Research in Mathematics Education
Vol. 22, No. 2 (Mar., 1991), pp. 151-156
DOI: 10.2307/749591
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/749591
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Effects of Computer Algebra Systems on Concept and Skill Acquisition in Calculus
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Abstract

This study involving 78 subjects compared the performance of university students taught calculus using a computer algebra system to the performance of students using paper-and-pencil computations. Students who were taught calculus using a computer algebra system had higher scores on a test of conceptual knowledge of calculus than the students taught by traditional methods. Students in the computer class also had higher scores on a calculus computational exam using the computer algebra system than students in the traditional class using paper and pencil.

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