Monday, October 20, 2008

So a little further

Well, we're into quadratics now. The one section is doing really well incorporating Maple into their learning process -- they fluidly jump back and forth between Maple & OneNote. The other class more stubbornly holds on to doing everything by hand/calculator. I keep struggling to move this section to a more exploratory model but they will have none of it.

Maple still perplexes us from time-to-time... the switching between independent & dependent variables based upon alphabetical order is one of the more irritating ones. It will graph it in the desired order but as soon as you change the window (axes, zoom, etc) it switches the order! I've gotten around it by choosing my variables appropriately but when they experiment the students don't always think to (nor should they have to).
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