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Education, Design and Implementation Aspects of a Generic Step-by-Step Solver based on Mathematica

Bernhard Zgraggen
Organization: Distance University of Applied Sciences of Switzerland

2003 International Mathematica Symposium
Conference location

Imperial College, London

The starting point of this paper is a project at the Distance University of Applied Sciences of Switzerland, which deals with the development and deployment of programs interactively generating detailed and dynamic step-by-step solutions to typical problems in higher mathematical education, based on Mathematica. The first part of the paper explains organizational and didactic aspects, empirical values, advantages and disadvantages as well as proposals for improvements. The second part puts the emphasis on an approach to a generic step-by-step solver and its interface, enabling tutors to create step-by-step solutions according to the mathematical context by setting appropriate parameters. The functioning of such an algorithm and its parameters is explained in detail, based on an example from Boolean algebra.

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