Computer Algebra in Education

at ACA'2015 to be held July 20-23, 2015 in Kalamata, Greece


Alkis Akritas, University of Thessaly, Greece
Michael Wester, University of New Mexico, USA
Michel Beaudin, ETS, Canada
José Luis Galán García, Universidad de Málaga, Spain
Elena Varbanova, Technical University of Sofia, Bulgaria


Education has become one of the fastest growing application areas for computers in general and computer algebra in particular. Computer Algebra Systems (CAS) make for powerful teaching and learning tools within mathematics, physics, chemistry, biology, economics, etc. Among them are:
(a) the commercial "heavy weights" such as Casio ClassPad 330, Derive, Magma, Maple, Mathematica, MuPAD, TI NSpire CAS, and TI Voyage 200, and
(b) the free software/open source systems such as Axiom, Euler, Fermat, wxMaxima, Reduce, and the rising stars such as GeoGebra, Sage, SymPy and Xcas (the swiss knife for mathematics).

The goal of this session is to exchange ideas, discuss classroom experiences, and to explore significant issues relating to CAS tools/use within education. Subjects of interest for this session will include new CAS-based teaching/learning strategies, curriculum changes, new support materials, assessment practices from all scientific fields, and experiences of joint use of applied mathematics and CAS.

If you are interested in proposing a talk, please send an abstract to Michel Beaudin who will then redistribute it to the other organizers. Note that it is planned to compile an electronic (PDF) book of abstracts for the meeting. Please use this LaTeX template for your abstract and send both the LaTeX source and a compiled PDF version. If you do not work with LaTeX, the submission may be sent in Word format (.doc or .docx file) and later, once accepted, we will try to adapt the proposal to the LaTeX template.


  1. About balanced application of CAS in undergraduate mathematics
    (Elena Varbanova, Technical University of Sofia, Bulgaria)
  2. Some reflections about open vs. proprietary Computer Algebra Systems in mathematics teaching
    (F. Botana, University of Vigo, Spain)
  3. Create SageMath Interacts for All Your Math Courses
    (Razvan A. Mezei, Lenoir-Rhyne University, Hickory, NC, USA)
  4. Using SageMathCell and Sage Interacts to Reach Mathematically Weak Business Students
    (Gregory V. Bard, University of Wisconsin—Stout, Wisconsin, USA)
  5. GINI-Coefficient, GOZINTO-Graph and Option Prices
    (Josef Böhm, Austria)
  6. When Mathematics Meet Computer Software
    (M. Beaudin and F. Henri, ÉTS, Montréal, Canada)
  7. Revival of a Classical Topic in Differential Geometry: Envelopes of Parametrized Families of Curves and Surfaces
    (Th. Dana-Picard and N. Zehavi, Israel)
  8. Generating animations of JPEG images of closed surfaces in space using Maple and Quicktime
    (G. Labelle, UQAM, Montréal, Canada)
  9. Plotting technologies for the study of functions of two real variables
    (David Zeitoun and Thierry Dana-Picard, Israel)
  10. Some remarks on Taylor's polynomials visualization using Mathematica in context of function approximation
    (Wlodzimierz Wojas and Jan Krupa, Warsaw University of Life Sciences, Poland)
  11. Visualization of Orthonormal Triads in Cylindrical and Spherical Coordinates
    (Jeanett López García, Jorge J. Jiménez Zamudio and Ma. Eugenia Canut Díaz Velarde, UNAM, Mexico)
  12. Contemporary interpretation of a historical locus problem with an unexpected discovery
    (R. Hasek, University of South Bohemia, Czech Republic)
  13. A Constructive Proof of Feuerbach’s Theorem Using a Computer Algebra System
    (Michael Xue, Vroom Laboratory for Advanced Computing, USA)
  14. Math Partner and Math Tutor
    (Gennadi and Nastasha Malaschonok, Tambov State University, Russia)
  15. Ideas for Teaching Using CAS
    (Michel Beaudin, ETS, Montréal, Québec, Canada)
  16. Solving Brain Teasers/Twisters - CAS Assisted
    (Josef Böhm, Austria)
  17. Various New Methods for Computing Subresultant Polynomial Remainder Sequences (PRS’s)
    (Alkiviadis G. Akritas, University of Thessaly, Volos, Greece)
  18. Teaching improper integrals with CAS
    (G. Aguilera, J.L. Galán, M.Á. Galán, Y. Padilla, P. Rodríguez, R. Rodríguez, Spain)
  19. Application of wxMaxima System in LP problem of compound feed mass minimization
    (Wlodzimierz Wojas and Jan Krupa, Warsaw University of Life Sciences, Poland)
  20. The Use of CAS for Logical Analysis in Mathematics Education
    (T. Takahashi, T. Sakai, F. Iwama, Japan)
  21. Indexed elementary functions in Maple
    (David Jeffrey, University of Western Ontario, Canada)

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