id: 06389080
dt: j
an: 2015a.00348
au: Button, Tom
ti: Programming in mathematics A level.
so: Math. Sch. (Leicester) 43, No. 4, 4-5 (2014).
py: 2014
pu: Mathematical Association (MA), Leicester
la: EN
cc: D30 F60 P50
ut: computer science education; upper secondary; university teaching; computer
programming; number theory; computer as educational medium; information
technology
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ab: From the text: The links between programming and mathematics have always
been strong. From the early pioneers such as Charles Babbage, Ada
Lovelace and Alan Turing computing was seen as a branch of mathematics.
Even up to the days of my own schooling in the late 1980s those
teaching computing were often members of the mathematics department.
With the advent of IT as a school subject the emphasis shifted to
students learning to be users of programs and applications. This
coincided with a decrease in both the amount of computing, and hence
programming, taught in schools and reduced the explicit link with
mathematics. Fortunately the tide is turning on this ‒ the new
curriculum in schools has shifted to emphasize the use of IT within
subject areas whilst there is a new found interest in programming. This
is evident through the popularity of devices such as the Raspberry Pi
and the Computing At School initiative (this goes by the confusing
acronym CAS which to many technologically interested mathematicians
also stands for computer algebra system!). In this article I will
describe the programming element to MEI’s new A level further
mathematics unit: Further Pure with Technology (FPT), as well as
considering the opportunities for using programming in the mathematics
classroom.
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