Demonstrating tricky concepts in VCE Maths using Desmos

Summary

Many Maths teachers know the Desmos Graphing Calculator as a useful tool for quickly plotting or exploring graphs in the classroom. Over the past five years as features have been added, it has become an increasingly powerful part of a VCE Maths teacher’s toolkit.

Statistical functions allow teachers to demonstrate tricky areas of study from Maths Methods and Specialist Maths including important ideas of probability distributions and sampling, as well as working with bivariate data in Further Mathematics (finding lines of best fit and linearisation). I will show how these can be used for visualisations in the classroom, as well as how Desmos can help in demonstrating transformations and parametrised function families which feature heavily in the Maths Methods course.

No prior experience with Desmos is required, although you might want to bring along a computer or tablet to experiment.

Presenters
Bryn Humberstone

Session Code Session Date Session Start Session Finish Session Location Places Remaining
E-11 05/12/2019 03:40 pm 04:40 pm La Trobe University, Bundoora
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