[Edu-sig] Algebra 2

Anna Ravenscroft annaraven at gmail.com
Tue Oct 7 18:36:16 CEST 2008

On Tue, Oct 7, 2008 at 7:18 AM, Matt K <matt.kameron at gmail.com> wrote:

> Anna, is what you describe programming (as in Python)

Back then it was basic. ;-)

> or using graphing software (as in Maple/Matlab)?

Never used it.

> I am not certain which you are referring to by reading your email.

Sorry - I thought the punchcards was pretty telling... ;-)

> I think the difference is significant - the latter converts an equation to
> a graph, the former might show students the generalisation of an algorithm.
> The downside you describe won't be an issue these days (at least in my
> school) - Python is so powerful that kids will start playing around with it
> out of my control - plus they always see what the kids who are older than
> them are doing.
> Yep. It's nice to have a language you *can* do more than just equations
with without it being painful.

Walking through the water. Trying to get across.
Just like everybody else.
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