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Examining Students' Reluctance to Use Graphs

Frances Van Dyke, Alexander White 

September 2004, Volume 98, Issue 2, Page 110

Abstract:
What students do not understand about graphing and why they remain reluctant to use it for problem solving at the calculus level. The authors point out that graphing was not developed until the 17th century. Conclusions are that students lack understanding in the concept of function, the Cartesian connection, and the mathematical description of change.

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Keywords:
Qualitative
Quantitative
Article
Algebra
Calculus and Higher Level Mathematics
Teacher Education
Grades 9-12
Teacher
Reasoning and Proof
Representation
Theory