Applications of Spreadsheets in Education The Amazing Power of a Simple Tool

Computational Problem Solving in Context: From Arithmetic Sequences to Polygonal-like Numbers

Author(s): Sergei Abramovich

Pp: 84-106 (23)

Doi: 10.2174/978160805276911101010084

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Abstract

The learning of mathematical concepts can be aided by the useof tech-nology and graphical visualization. The use of modern toolscan greatly enhance the learning experience by encouraging inquiry and deepening one’s understanding. In this chapter triangular, square, and polygonal-like numbers are explored in context using spreadsheets. The context provides the element of relevance that learners need in order to appreciate concepts that might otherwise seem abstract in nature.


Keywords: contextual problem solving, arithmetic sequences, polygon-like numbers

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