n Learning and Teaching Mathematics - Investigating cubic functions Using dynamic geometry software

Volume 2014, Issue 17
  • ISSN : 1990-6811


Sketching and interpreting cubic functions is one of the main applications of differential calculus for Grade 12 learners. However, when drawing graphs of functions using paper and pencil, a great deal of time is spent in performing repeated, tedious computations. As such, learners often do not get sufficient time to explore the nature and properties of functions and their graphs. Dynamic geometry software such as and have immense potential for learners to explore functions and their graphs without the tedium of repeated calculations in order to sketch the graphs. The dynamic nature of such software environments makes them ideal for mathematical exploration in which students can experience the processes of conjecturing and discovering.

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