SIMIODE EXPO 2021 - (B5-R3) - Using Mobile Apps to Enhance Learning in Differential Equations

By Tim Lucas

Pepperdine University, Malibu CA USA

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SIMIODE EXPO 2021 - B5-R3 - Technology use - depth, use, type,  in discovery, in analysis - Track 1

Using Mobile Apps to Enhance Learning in Differential Equations

Tim Lucas, Pepperdine University, Malibu CA USA

This was a presentation made at the SIMIODE EXPO 2021  - see program.

Abstract: It is increasingly important for mathematics students to engage in active learning along with discussion of material with their peers. A key for these students to understand mathematical models that incorporate differential equations is visualizing slopefields, phase planes and solutions. Slopes is a mobile application with an intuitive interface, designed to visualize solutions to differential equations and support active learning in the classroom. Slopes is currently available for iPad, iPhone and Android phones, which are highly portable and feature larger touch screens that allow students to view and manipulate content easily. To study the possible benefits of the app, we implemented group activities using Slopes into an ordinary differential equations class, conducted observations and focus groups, and examined final poster projects on modeling topics. We found that students used Slopes to visualize solutions, aid in discussion and cooperation, and demonstrate understanding of differential equations concepts.

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  • Tim Lucas (2021), "SIMIODE EXPO 2021 - (B5-R3) - Using Mobile Apps to Enhance Learning in Differential Equations," https://www.simiode.org/resources/8271.

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