College

Buchtel College of Arts and Sciences (BCAS)

Date of Last Revision

2020-05-05 10:39:40

Major

Mathematics

Honors Course

3450:498

Number of Credits

3

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science

Date of Expected Graduation

Spring 2020

Abstract

Technology has been advancing significantly over the years. One area that has been affected is mathematics. Technological software has been developed that has allowed for mathematics to be done using software programs. For example, WebAssign allows students to complete online math homework and example practice problems, as well as watch videos to explain topics in math. However, like all things, this is not without downfalls. While this technology offers students access to online lectures and instant feedback, cheating and costly expenses also come with it.

In this research paper, I will discuss the benefits and shortcomings of different technological software in the area of mathematics in order to determine if it is helpful or a hindrance to learning. I will also conduct surveys for students and professors to gather information about their experiences with this software and their thoughts on its usefulness in math courses. Finally, I will compile all of this information to determine whether or not technological software is valuable to mathematical learning or if it has made people too reliant on technology.

Research Sponsor

Stefan Forcey

First Reader

Curtis Clemons

Second Reader

Mark Fridline

Honors Faculty Advisor

Curtis Clemons

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