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Using the Dynamic Power of Microsoft Excel to Stand on the Shoulders of Giants

John Donovan II 

January 2006, Volume 99, Issue 5, Page 334

Abstract:
This article shows how Microsoft Excel's ability to vary parameters with sliders allows students to "stand on the shoulders of giants" and discover characteristics of polynomial functions. The article presents several problems and shows how they can be better understood from a graphical approach using Excel. Includes problems with possible solutions and follow up questions that lead students to an in-depth understanding of polynomials.

Keywords:
Article
Algebra
Computers
Conceptual Development
Grades 9-12
Math Coordinator / Coach
Teacher
Reasoning and Proof
Representation