ERCIM News No.27 - October 1996
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Computer Algebra and Education
by Fritz Schwarz
Computer Algebra is going to change the mathematical education. During
an international conference from 2-6 July 1996 at GMD in Sankt Augustin,
experts presented and discussed new results in this field of research. It
is the goal of the scientists, to utilize methods of Computer Algebra for
education in mathematics.
The conference was organized by the International Council for Computer Algebra
in Matheducation (IC-CAME). GMD, where the project Computer Algebra and
Differential Equations pursues research in computer algebra, acted as co-organizer.
In more than 80 talks, special topics were presented to the participants
that could be taken home as stimulation for their own work. Among the speakers
were David Stoutemyer, the developer of Derive, a small computer algebra
system especially designed for educational purposes, and Bruno Buchberger,
the well-known originator of the algorithm for computing Gröbner bases.
The conference proceedings will appear in the near future.
This conference is organized annually by IC-CAME, next year it will be held
in Baltimore, USA. The activities of IC-CAME contribute to fact that there
is a similar change in the mathematical education as it occured about 20
years ago due to the appearance of pocket-calculators for performing numerical
calculations. In many high schools in Germany is is common today to work
with a computer algebra system like Derive. These methods are on the verge
of fundamentally changing the curriculum for mathematical education. For
the pupils this knowledge is a substantial advantage for a later college
Fritz Schwarz - GMD
Tel: +49 2241 14 2782