Computer Algebra in Education

at ACA'2008 to be held July 27-30, 2008 at RISC, Castle of Hagenberg, Austria


Alkis Akritas
Michael Wester
Bernhard Kutzler
Bill Pletsch


Education has become one of the fastest growing application areas for computers in general and computer algebra in particular. Computer algebra tools such as TI-Nspire CAS, TI Voyage 200, TI-89, Axiom, Derive, Maple, Maxima, Mathematica, MuPAD, or Reduce, make powerful teaching tools in mathematics, physics, chemistry, biology, economy, etc.

The goal of this session is to exchange ideas and experiences, to hear about classroom experiments, and to discuss all issues related with the use of computer algebra tools in classroom (such as assessment, new teaching and learning styles,change of curricula, new support material, ...)

If you are interested in presenting a paper, please contact one of the organizers.

Selected papers from this session will be published in The Electronic Journal of Mathematics & Technology; more details will be provided at the conference.

ACA'2008 is a part of the RISC Summer 2008 event that consists of conferences and schools organized by the Research Institute for Symbolic Computation (RISC) in summer 2008.

SCHEDULE: The list below will be the order of the talks in the conference schedule, which is still being fine tuned. We expect that the first 6 or 8 talks will be on Monday, with the remainder on Tuesday morning.


  1. Freshman Engineering Computation Lab
    (Frederick W. Chapman, Bruce Char and Jeremy Johnson, Canada/USA)
  2. Computer Algebra for Mathematics Majors
    (Michael Monagan, Simon Fraser University, Canada)
  3. Computer Algebra - A Good Reason to Bring Interest and Enthusiasm Back to Mathematics Classes
    (Elena A. Varbanova, Bulgaria)
  4. Revolutionary Teaching, Learning and Assessment of Computer Algebra with Computer Algebra
    (Michael McCabe, University of Portsmouth, United Kingdom)
  5. Computer Algebra Systems and Representations
    (Tadashi Takahashi, Kobe University, Kobe, Japan)
  6. Numerical Algorithm for the Order Verification of Numerical Methods
    (Ali Sayfy and S. Khoury, American University of Sharjah)
  7. Techniques for Translating Between the Equivalent Representations of Polynomial Functions with the TI-Nspire CAS Technology
    (Eugenia Kelepesi-Akritas, Aristotelis Raptis, Athanasia Raptis and Alkiviadis G. Akritas, Greece)
  8. Introduction to Kinematics of Manipulators using Maple
    (Roman Hasek, Czech Republic)
  9. Differential Equations with Derive 6
    (Gabriel Aguilera, José Luis Galán, M. Ángeles Galán, Antonio Gálvez, Antonio J. Jiménez, Yolanda Padilla and Pedro Rodríguez, University of Málaga, Spain)
  10. Linear vs Quadratic Complexity -- which algorithm to use?
    (Alkiviadis G. Akritas, Adam Strzebonski and Panagiotis S. Vigklas, Greece)

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