Volume 3, Issue 1, March 2018, Page: 21-27

A Simplified Approach to Students’ Learning of Equivalent Solutions to Some Integral Calculus Problems

Mary Olukemi Odumosu, Department of Mathematics, Adeniran Ogunsanya College of Education, Lagos, Nigeria

Philip Ajibola Bankole, Department of Mathematics, Adeniran Ogunsanya College of Education, Lagos, Nigeria

Philip Ajibola Bankole, Department of Mathematics, Adeniran Ogunsanya College of Education, Lagos, Nigeria

Received: Mar. 31, 2018;
Accepted: Apr. 17, 2018;
Published: May 10, 2018

DOI: 10.11648/j.dmath.20180301.13 View 799 Downloads 37

Abstract

This paper presents simple approach to determine an Equivalent Solutions to some Integral Calculus Problems. An experimental study was carried out on one hundred and twenty (120) students offering Integral Calculus Course in the Department of Mathematics, Adeniran Ogunsanya College of Education, Otto/Ijanikin, Lagos State. The sample chosen includes male and female students from the following course combinations: Physics / Mathematics, Chemistry / Mathematics, Computer / Mathematics, Integrated Science / Mathematics, Economics / Mathematics, Biology/Mathematics and Geography / Mathematics. The students were grouped into seven based on their course combinations. The students in their respective groups were subjected to the same problem on integration where they are free to use any method of integration of their choice. The students came up with various solutions to a given integral calculus problem. Each of the solutions obtained in each group was evaluated on specified interval to determine the numerical value in order to draw inference on equivalent solutions. Maple software was used to determine if the solutions from each group are equivalent or differs. The numerical value and graphical representation of the solutions from each group using Maple software shows that the solutions obtained by the students in their respective groups are equivalent. Hence, maple software adaptation in teaching integral calculus enhanced the students’ learning and by extension shows that equivalent solutions to some problems on integral calculus exists.

Keywords

Integral Calculus, Methods of Integration, Equivalent Solutions, Maple Software, Graphical Representation of Solutions

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Mary Olukemi Odumosu,
Philip Ajibola Bankole,
A Simplified Approach to Students’ Learning of Equivalent Solutions to Some Integral Calculus Problems,

*International Journal of Discrete Mathematics*. Vol. 3, No. 1, 2018, pp. 21-27. doi: 10.11648/j.dmath.20180301.13Copyright

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