eJMT Abstract

Title Using CAS calculators to teach and explore numerical methods
Author Alasdair MCANDREW
Volume 9
Number 1

We describe the use of CAS calculators in a numerical methods mathematics subject offered to third year pre-service teachers. We show that such calculators, although very low-powered compared with standard computer based numerical systems, are quite capable of handling text-book problems, and as such provide a very accessible learning environment. We show how CAS calculators can be used to implement some standard numerical procedures, and we also briefly discuss the pedagogical values of our approach.