||Teaching function approximation via structured discovery and the ApproxTool applet
||Michelle GHRIST and James S. ROLF
We have developed a Java applet and accompanying exercises to provide a discovery-based experience to help students better understand function approximation. We have successfully used this combination in an upper-level numerical analysis course for several years. In this paper, we introduce the applet and structured exercises and offer observations of student engagement via use of these tools.