Experiences in the Usage of Octave on Improving Learning Mathematics in an Engineering Faculty

John Trujillo Trejo, Armando Fermin Perez, Maria Caceres Huaman, Johnny Avendano Quiroz, Rosario Trujillo Huaman, Victor Bustamante Olivera

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Abstract

This article displays initial experiences in the usage of GNU Octave for improving learning mathematics in the student population of the electronic engineering faculty. Mathematics is considered as a difficult topic due to the lack of knowledge and abstraction capacities obtained in high school. A first-year course was implemented on learning the use of GNU Octave, as it is an easy tool for the following courses throughout the career, especially in mathematics. The lessons taught were calculus, scalar, vector and matrix variables, 2D and 3D graphic display. Results show that there is a significant improvement in the learning of the following semester courses amongst these students, such as calculus, algebra and geometry, as this software was used as a calculator and for simulation purposes.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEDUNINE 2021 - 5th IEEE World Engineering Education Conference
Subtitle of host publicationThe Future of Engineering Education: Current Challenges and Opportunities, Proceedings
EditorsClaudio da Rocha Brito, Melany M. Ciampi
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
ISBN (Electronic)9781665403023
DOIs
StatePublished - 14 Mar 2021
Event5th IEEE World Engineering Education Conference, EDUNINE 2021 - Guatemala City, Guatemala
Duration: 14 Mar 202117 Mar 2021

Publication series

NameEDUNINE 2021 - 5th IEEE World Engineering Education Conference: The Future of Engineering Education: Current Challenges and Opportunities, Proceedings

Conference

Conference5th IEEE World Engineering Education Conference, EDUNINE 2021
Country/TerritoryGuatemala
CityGuatemala City
Period14/03/2117/03/21

Bibliographical note

Publisher Copyright:
© 2021 IEEE.

Keywords

  • GNU Octave
  • engineering
  • learning of mathematics
  • motivation
  • pedagogic tool

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