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: firstname.lastname@example.org).
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.