Electronic Proceedings of the Sixteenth Annual International Conference on Technology in Collegiate Mathematics

Chicago, Illinois, October 30-November 2, 2003

Paper C009

Potential Pitfalls for Students Using Online Math Utilities

John T. Holm

Wright State University
3640 Col. Glenn Highway
032 Rike Hall
Dayton, OH 45435
Phone: (937) 775-2273

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The installation of computers in the Mathematics Learning Center at Wright State University provided access to mathematical applications on the Internet for the center's users and staff. Although the online math utilities generally supported the teaching and learning of mathematics in powerful ways, the utilities sometimes demonstrated limitations that thwarted students. Five of these weaknesses, which lead to ambiguous or incorrect results, are described.

Keyword(s): on-line access, Internet