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The impact of Mathematica on mathematical education

Jiří Gregor
Organization: Czech Technical University, Prague, Czech Republic
A. Nemecek
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Innovation in Mathematics: Proceedings of the Second International Mathematica Symposium
Year: 1997
Page range: 177-184

The growing impact of software products for mathematical education is widely recognized [2],[4],[5]. Traditionally, students learn mathematics by doing it: a big part of engineering mathematics often consists of examples and tricks. This might be counterproductive, it rather prevents than helps mathematical thinking. Now, with program packages like Mathematica, the impact on education has to result in rethinking the philosophy of ‘problems and exercises' in mathematical education. We give some guidelines and recommendations for teachers working now in an environment quite different of what has been common 30-50 years ago.