Visually assisted learning in multivariable calculus: The cases of continuity and differentiability

Szu Hui Wu*, Chi-Jer Yu

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Abstract

The objective of this article is to investigate the effects in learning advanced mathematics concepts by means of visual representation. Continuity and differentiability are the subject matters. Two Java modules are developed to yield the learning environment that provides opportunities for students to manipulate the mathematics materials represented in visual fashion. The teaching experiment methodology is employed and problem-based worksheets are used to gather students' understanding on the concepts. The finding shows that students can learn these advanced concepts meaningfully and confidently as they reasoned in visual way and built the connection between the graphic representation and their algebraic expressions of concepts. Also some students could aware and clarify their misconceptions through this learning environment.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings - ICCE 2008
Subtitle of host publication16th International Conference on Computers in Education
Pages925-929
Number of pages5
StatePublished - 1 Dec 2008
Event16th International Conference on Computers in Education, ICCE 2008 - Taipei, Taiwan
Duration: 27 Oct 200831 Oct 2008

Publication series

NameProceedings - ICCE 2008: 16th International Conference on Computers in Education

Conference

Conference16th International Conference on Computers in Education, ICCE 2008
CountryTaiwan
CityTaipei
Period27/10/0831/10/08

Keywords

  • Java
  • Multivariable calculus
  • Visualization

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