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IJIET 2016 Vol.6(12): 966-971 ISSN: 2010-3689
DOI: 10.7763/IJIET.2016.V6.826

Using Mathematical Software in High School Math Class: A Case Study

Hui Xu

Abstract—Mathematical software can be used as valuable teaching tools in high school math education. The software can convey complex math concepts through the use of interactive models and engaging 2D/3D visualizations, making difficult topics come alive and interesting. Maple is advanced mathematical software with powerful symbolic deduction, numerical calculation and graphic display abilities. It is very suitable for high school math class teaching. In this paper, the Newton iteration method for solving single variable nonlinear equation was taken as an example to demonstrate how to introduce math concepts, derive formulae, teach visually and explore deeply by using Maple in the high school math class. The teaching effect was evaluated by comparing the innovative Maple-aid-teaching method with the traditional multimedia teaching mode. It is found that the innovative method achieved better teaching effect.

Index Terms—High school math education, mathematical software, maple, Newton iteration method.

Hui Xu is with No. 1 High School attached to Central China Normal University, the No. 1 Special, Tang Xun Hu North Road, Eastlake High and New Technology Development Zone, Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China (e-mail: xuhui_hsy@163.com).


Cite: Hui Xu, "Using Mathematical Software in High School Math Class: A Case Study," International Journal of Information and Education Technology vol. 6, no. 12, pp. 966-971, 2016.

General Information

  • ISSN: 2010-3689 (Online)
  • Abbreviated Title: Int. J. Inf. Educ. Technol.
  • Frequency: Monthly
  • DOI: 10.18178/IJIET
  • Editor-in-Chief: Prof. Dr. Steve Thatcher
  • Executive Editor: Ms. Nancy Y. Liu
  • Abstracting/ Indexing: Scopus (CiteScore 2022: 2.0), INSPEC (IET), UGC-CARE List (India), CNKI, EBSCO, Google Scholar
  • E-mail: ijiet@ejournal.net


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