Use of calculators with computer algebra systems in test assessment in engineering mathematics

Vida Weiss, Patrick Tobin


In recent years the number of engineering departments in Australia that permit use of CAS calculators in test assessments has been decreasing, although in some cases students are expected to use CAS computer packages such as Matlab or Mathematica for some assignment or project work. We examine the common arguments given by departments and academics who oppose use of CAS calculators in tests and examinations and contrast these with possible benefits of allowing students to use CAS calculators in tests and examinations in engineering mathematics subjects. We present examples to illustrate different types of examination questions that can be asked in a calculus exam for undergraduate engineering students where CAS calculators are permitted.



computer algbera systems, technology, engineering mathematics, assessment

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ANZIAM Journal, ISSN 1446-8735, copyright Australian Mathematical Society.