Symbolic manipulators affect mathematical mindsets

  title={Symbolic manipulators affect mathematical mindsets},
  author={Thomas J. Bing and Edward F. Redish},
  journal={American Journal of Physics},
The use of symbolic calculators such as MATHEMATICA is becoming more commonplace among upper level physics students. The presence of such powerful calculators can couple strongly to the type of mathematical reasoning students employ. These tools do not merely offer students a convenient way to perform the calculations they would have otherwise done by hand. We present examples from the work of upper level physics majors where MATHEMATICA plays an active role in focusing and sustaining their… Expand
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