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Students’ comparison of their trigonometric answers with the answers of a computer algebra system. (English) Zbl 1390.97003
Carette, Jacques (ed.) et al., Intelligent computer mathematics. MKM, Calculemus, DML, and systems and projects 2013, held as part of CICM 2013, Bath, UK, July 8–12, 2013. Proceedings. Berlin: Springer (ISBN 978-3-642-39319-8/pbk). Lecture Notes in Computer Science 7961. Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence, 216-229 (2013).
Summary: Comparison of answers offered by a computer algebra system (CAS) with answers derived by a student without a CAS is relevant, for instance, in the context of computer-aided assessment (CAA). The issues of identity, equivalence and correctness emerge in different ways and are important for CAA. These issues are also interesting if a student is charged with the task of comparing the answers. What will happen when students themselves are encouraged to analyse differences, equivalence and correctness of their own answers and CAS answers? What differences do they notice foremost? Would they recognise equivalence/non-equivalence? How do they explain equivalence/non-equivalence? The paper discusses these questions on the basis of lessons where the students solved trigonometric equations. Ten equations were chosen with the aim to ensure that the expected school answer and the CAS answer would differ in various ways. Three of them are discussed more thoroughly in this paper.
For the entire collection see [Zbl 1268.68008].

MSC:
97D60 Student assessment, achievement control, and rating (aspects of mathematics education)
68W30 Symbolic computation and algebraic computation
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