Jan 1, 2003
International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology
Excel assignments were used as extra credit in an intermediate algebra course. Ninety per cent of the students had a home computer and seventy per cent were familiar with Excel. There was not a significant linear correlation between the amount of Excel that the students performed and their achievement in algebra. One-third of the students did less than 50% of the extra credit Excel assignments. The old saying ‘You can lead a horse to the water but you cannot make him drink’ certainly was true in this study. Many of the students enjoyed the integration of computer software with algebra.