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Keynote – MAThematics LABoratory with Scilab

By Prof. Jürgen Koch (HS Esslingen)


The integration of calculators and mathematical software packages in mathematics education has been a controversial issue for many years.  Among mathematics teachers in schools there is no consensus about the manner and the amount of reasonable usage. At universities the situation is similar. To address this problem, a Mathematics Laboratory was set up several years ago at Hochschule Esslingen. A Mathematics Laboratory is not only a PC pool equipped with special software. Primarily Mathematics Laboratory is a didactic concept. The objective of the Mathematics Laboratory is to significantly enhance mathematics courses with the use of mathematical software. From our point of view, Scilab is an ideal software to achieve this goal.

The talk presents the concept of Mathematics Laboratory at the University of Esslingen.