Impact of the graphic calculator on the Calculus curriculum
"What should change?" - A study in the Polytechnic context

Jillian Lee
leejk@tp.edu.sg
Temasek Eng. School
Temasek Polytechnic

Singapore

Rudy Sabarudin
rudysab@tp.edu.sg
Temasek Eng. School
Temasek Polytechnic

Singapore

Abstract

The accessibility of more advanced tools, such as the graphic calculator, has created a pressing need for mathematics educators to re-examine what is essential learning content. This is an important concern for institutions, such as Temasek Polytechnic, that are lifting the restriction on graphic calculators in examinations.

Riding on graphic calculators may mean manual algebraic manipulation becoming less important. How should our Calculus curriculum be revamped to ensure that sufficient fundamental concepts are included? Are there essential changes we should make in teaching Calculus?


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