Copying on a graphics calculator and implications for mathematical understanding
Faculty of Community Services, Education and Social Sciences
School of Education
The subject of inquiry in this paper is copying on a graphics calculator by students in a Year 12 Calculus class. They copied interim numerical results and algebraic expressions as part of calculation. The practice called for knowledge of order of operations, was a means for linking representations and generalisation, and was a facet of discernment of function relationships. Implications for teaching are the act of copying could assist the development of understanding in each of these domains.