A Technical Approach in Graphical Study of Calculus Using Maple and Animation

  • M Talib Department of Computer Science, University of Botswana
  • N Chaturvedi Department of Mathematics, University of Botswana


The mathematics provides the conceptual and technical education that students need to compete in our highly technological society. On the forefront of trends in mathematics education and the use of technology in teaching to the students of the Faculty of Information Technology, we utilize a computer lab dedicated to the teaching of mathematics. This lab is equipped with computers with each installed With the Maple V Computer Algebraic System (CAS)
We were recently presented with the challenge of rethinking how to teach Calculus to First year IT students as part of an integrated curriculum. We immediately saw this as an opportunity to motivate calculus concepts by using graphical representations and animations. Animation provides motivation, reinforcement, and credibility when used properly.
The paper therefore describes some of the major challenges that were encountered
while introducing this technique in the first year calculus course. It conclude that Animation should be used as enhancement tool rather than as the basic teaching method/mode.

The Information Technologist Vol.2(1) 2005: 22-32

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