Computer-Based Math

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Computer-Based Math is an educational project started by Conrad Wolfram in 2010[1][2][3][4] to promote the idea that routine mathematical calculations should be done with a computer.

Conrad Wolfram believes that mathematics education should make the greatest possible use of computers for performing computation leaving students to concentrate on the application and interpretation of mathematical techniques.[5] Wolfram also argues that computers are the basis of doing math in the real world and that education should reflect that [6] and that programming should be taught as part of math education.[7]

Wolfram contends that this approach is fundamentally different from most of the use of computers in the math classroom,[8] whose role is to help to teach students to perform hand-calculations, rather than to perform those computations and is also distinct from delivery tools such as E-learning systems.

In 2010 the website www.computerbasedmath.org was set up to start developing a new curriculum and interactive digital learning materials to support it. It holds an annual conference.

In February 2013, Estonia announced that it would be piloting a Computer Based Math developed statistics course[9][10][11] in cooperation with the University of Tartu.[12] The African Leadership University plans to use materials developed by ComputerBasedMath.org in its Data and Decisions curriculum[13]

UNICEF supported the third Computer Based Math Education Summit in New York, in 2013.[14]

Examples of calculations that should be done with a computer include arithmetical operations such as long division or integration techniques such as Trigonometric substitution.

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