Computer Algebra in Education

at ACA'2019 to be held July 16-20 at ÉTS, Montréal, Québec, Canada


Michael Wester, University of New Mexico, USA
Noah Dana-Picard, Jerusalem College of Technology, Israel
Alkis Akritas, University of Thessaly, Greece
José Luis Galán García, Universidad de Málaga, Spain
Elena Varbanova, Technical University of Sofia, Bulgaria
Pavel Pech, University of South Bohemia, Czech Republic
Roman Hašek, University of South Bohemia, Czech Republic
Anatoli Kouropatov, Center for Educational Technology, Israel
Xavier Provençal, ÉTS, Canada


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
(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 including dynamic geometry.

We emphasize that all levels of education are welcome, from high school to university, and that all domains are welcome, including teacher training, engineer training, etc.

If you are interested in proposing a talk, please send an abstract to Michael Wester. Please use this LaTeX template for your abstract and send both the LaTeX source and a compiled PDF version. We suggest that abstracts be at least half a page including references.


  1. Exciting Updates to the TI-NspireTMWorld (Part I, Part II)
    (Gosia Brothers, Texas Instruments, Dallas, Texas, USA)
  2. Dynamic Applications for Learning and Exploring Mathematics Using Computer Algebra
    (William Bauldry and Wade Ellis, North Carolina and California, USA)

  3. Interactive tutorials, an example on symmetric functions
    (Pauline Hubert and Mélodie Lapointe, UQAM, Canada)
  4. Realizing the concept of "Multiple Representations" by using CAS [Part I, Part II]
    (Helmut Heugl, Austrian Center for Didactics of Computer Algebra)

  5. Putting words on arrows and loops
    (Gilbert Labelle and Louise Laforest, UQAM, Montréal, Canada)
  6. Symbolic calculation behind floating-point arithmetic using CAS
    (Włodzimierz Wojas, Jan Krupa, Jarosław Bojarski, Poland)
  7. Gaussian Elimination with Parameters
    (Aharon Naiman, Jerusalem College of Technology, Jerusalem, Israel)
  8. Methodological issues of application of computer algebra in blended learning environment
    (Elena Varbanova and Daniela Georgieva, Sofia, Bulgaria)

  9. Proving and Disproving Subspaces with Mathematica
    (Aharon Naiman, Jerusalem College of Technology, Jerusalem, Israel)
  10. Parametric integrals, combinatorial identities and applications
    (Thierry Dana-Picard and David G. Zeitoun)
  11. The importance of being continuously continuous
    (David Jeffrey and David Stoutemyer, Hawaii, USA and London, Canada)

  12. Assessment Tools in Maple: Recent Developments and Challenges
    (Paulina Chin and Paul DeMarco, Maplesoft, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada)
  13. DGS assisted activities around the Golden Ratio in Space and Time
    (Thierry Dana-Picard and Sara Hershkovitz, Israel)
  14. GeoGebra Automated Reasoning Tools: a problem from Spanish Civil Service Math Teachers' examination
    (M. Pilar Vélez, Zoltán Kovács, Tomáas Recio, Spain and Austria)

  15. Teaching the residue theorem and its applications with a Cas
    (José Luis Galán-García, Gabriel Aguilera-Venegas, Pedro Rodríguez-Cielos, Yolanda Padilla-Domínguez, María Ángeles Galán-García, Spain)
  16. Some examples of calculation improper integrals using CAS
    (Włodzimierz Wojas, Jan Krupa, Jarosław Bojarski, Poland)
  17. Using a CAS-developed random samples generator for teaching and researching in probabilistic cellular automata and Statistics
    (Gabriel Aguilera-Venegas, José L. Galán-García, María Á. Galán-García, Pedro Rodríguez-Cielos, Yolanda Padilla-Domínguez, María Galán-Luque, Spain)

  18. Boosting Rocket Performance without Calculus
    (Michael Xue, Vroom Laboratory for Advanced Computing, USA)
  19. SFOPDES.dfw: A stepwise tutorial for solving Partial Differential Equations with Derive
    (José Luis Galáan-García, Gabriel Aguilera-Venegas, Pedro Rodríguez-Cielos, Yolanda Padilla-Domínguez, María Ángeles Galán-García, Ricardo Rodríguez-Cielos, Spain)

  20. Innovative CAS Technology Use in University Mathematics Teaching and Assessment
    (Daniel Jarvis, Nipissing University, North Bay, Ontario, Canada)
  21. Teaching Decision Analysis using a Computer Algebra System
    (Karsten Schmidt, Germany)
  22. Familiarizing students with definition of Lebesgue integral using Mathematica - some examples of calculation directly from its definition: Part 2
    (Włodzimierz Wojas, Jan Krupa, Jarosław Bojarski, Poland)

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