Computer Algebra in Education

at ACA'2021 to be held July 23-27 virtually

Organizers:

Michel Beaudin, ÉTS, Canada
Michael Wester, University of New Mexico, USA
Alkis Akritas, University of Thessaly, Greece
Noah Dana-Picard, Jerusalem College of Technology, Israel
José Luis Galán García, Universidad de Málaga, Spain
Elena Varbanova, Technical University of Sofia, Bulgaria

Overview:

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 Michel Beaudin. Please use this LaTeX template 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.

Talks

  1. A CAS-DGS assisted exploration of Spiric curves and their Hessians
    (Thierry Dana-Picard, Israel)
  2. CAS Tools for teaching function discontinuities
    (David G. Zeitoun, Israel)
  3. Automated exploration of envelopes and offsets with networking of technologies
    (Thierry Dana-Picard and Zoltán Kovács, Israel and Austria)
  4. An Automated Symbolic Package to Enhance Higher Order Thinking Skills (HOTS): Critical Thinking
    (Yuzita Yaacob and Khairina Atika Mohd. Zawawi, Malaysia)
  5. From hidden invariants to multiple solutions using computer algebra tools: two activities for pre-service teachers
    (I. Sinitsky and M. Sinitsky, Israel
  6. Can I bring my calculator to the exam? Some reflections on the abstraction level of CAS
    (Eugenio Roanes-Lozano, Spain)
  7. Using CAS in the classroom: personal thoughts (Part I)
    (Michel Beaudin, Canada)
  8. Is computer algebra ready for conjecturing and proving geometric inequalities in the classroom?
    (Zoltán Kovács, Tomás Recio, Róbert Vajda, M. Pilar Vélez, Austria, Spain and Hungary) [Presentation]
  9. Challenges and opportunities in remote teaching, learning and assessment of undergraduate mathematics
    (Elena Varbanova and Magdalina Uzunova, Bulgaria)
  10. Undergraduate Mathematics: a journey from a face-to-face to a remote teaching, learning and assessment: Discussion
    (Elena Varbanova, Bulgaria)

Recordings

  1. Day 1, Talks 1-3 (passcode: ig#K^@8W)
  2. Day 2, Talks 4-7 (passcode: 3M3Eh%y&)
  3. Day 3, Talks 8-10 (passcode: %6EfNBbo)

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