This is the summary of a presentation given at the 74th Annual NCTM Meeting, 25-28 April 1996, San Diego, CA.
The session will describe a set of class-tested laboratory activities for calculus students. A number of important themes recur in these activities such as providing stimulus and feedback to support students' problem solving , helping students form and test conjectures, giving students a greater scope to develop their own ideas with the support of the teacher and group, and helping the teacher gain more insights into students' thinking. Using graphics calculators or DERIVE, and working in groups of two or three students, start each of the activities in class and then carry on the work outside of class. Lab reports are handed in one week later, marked, and then returned with comments. Activities include polynomial functions exploration, limits, derivative functions, Newton's Method, power series, and several other topics.
Ibrahim M. Wazir (The American International School, Vienna, Austria)
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