Development of Problem Solving and Reasoning Skills
The use of graphing calculator technology promotes problems solving and reasoning skills. Since students can easily create graphs and tables, they become accustomed to using these representations in problem solving. As a result, students not only use symbolic reasoning in problem solving, but also become quite creative in their use of graphic or visual reasoning.
In addition, the use of graphing calculator technology often raises new questions that need to be analyzed. While exploring problems using graphing calculators, students sometimes find an unexpected result. The students are then challenged to mathematically justify their unexpected results.