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Abstract :

In this paper, we discuss ways of in which computer technology can be used to learn basic mathematics. MATLAB is helpful software for numerical computation. MATLAB contains several symbolic mathematical functions for illustrating mathematical solutions and provide students visual examples. In particular, six topics in basic mathematics are illustrated using Matlab: order of operations, factoring, operations with polynomials, quadratic equations, functions and system of linear equations.

Keywords :

Basic mathematics; learning methodology; Computer support education; Matlab.

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