Volume 4, Issue 2, April 2016, Page: 32-38
The Role of the Computer in Learning Mathematics Through Numerical Methods
Costică Lupu, Faculty of Sciences, Department of Mathematics-Informatics and Education Sciences, Vasile Alecsandri University of Bacău, Str. Mărășești 157, România
Received: Mar. 3, 2016;       Accepted: Mar. 10, 2016;       Published: Mar. 24, 2016
DOI: 10.11648/j.sjedu.20160402.13      View  3290      Downloads  86
The paper exploits the results of an experimental, formative-ameliorative research conducted by 30 3rd-year students from the Department of Mathematics, Vasile Alecsandri University of Bacău, during their teaching practice at the Ștefan cel Mare National Pedagogical College from Bacău, involving 150 students from 6 11th-grade classes with a real specialization profile. The research was based on the following hypothesis: if we use numerical methods to solve linear equations systems and to the graphical representation of functions in the instructive-educational process, then we shall enhance the efficiency of these activities and increase the students’ performance by enhancing intrinsic motivation. In order to achieve the objectives, there were presented various techniques for solving linear equations systems and for the graphical representation of functions through numerical methods, followed by the application of sets of tests on the different methods for solving mathematical problems integrated in the various moments of the lesson, either in teaching new content or in consolidating and checking it. The paper highlights the role and values of computer use in learning Mathematics, in the informative as well as formative-educational sense, in agreement with the taught objectives and contents, based on the tendencies of updating and upgrading the school activity, and enhancing its role in preparing students for life. The research objectives were: - knowledge of the students’ (initial) training level as a basis for implementing the experiment; - presentation of the theory on numerical methods; - evaluating the contribution of the methods for solving linear equations systems and the graphical representation of functions through numerical methods to the enhancement of school performance; - recording progress following the application of the progress factor, respectively the various methods for solving linear equations systems and the graphical representation of functions through numerical methods.
Computer, Learning Mathematics, Formative-Ameliorative Research, Numerical Methods
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Costică Lupu, The Role of the Computer in Learning Mathematics Through Numerical Methods, Science Journal of Education. Vol. 4, No. 2, 2016, pp. 32-38. doi: 10.11648/j.sjedu.20160402.13
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