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Calculators to Motivate Infinite Composition of Functions

by Ennis D. McCune, Robert G. Dean, William D. Clark

Award: George Pólya

Year of Award: 1981

Publication Information: The College Mathematics Journal, Vol. 11, No. 3, (1980), pp. 189-195

Summary: How calculators may be used to motivate a concept such as continual square roots, continual fractions or infinite products.

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About the Authors: (from The College Mathematics Journal, Vol. 11, No. 3, (1980)) Ennis D. McCune is Associate Professor of Mathematics and Statistics at Stephen F. Austin State University and is the author of several articles. He received his Ph.D. from Texas Tech University in 1974.

Robert G. Dean is Professor of Mathematics and Statistics and Graduate Program Coordinator at Stephen F. Austin State University. He is the past chairman of the Texas Section of MAA and a past president of the East Texas Council of Teachers of Mathematics. He received his Ph.D. from Texas Christian University in 1966.

William D. Clark is Professor of Mathematics and Statistics at Stephen F. Austin State University and is the author of several articles. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin in 1968.

 

Subject classification(s): Numbers and Computation | Number Concepts | Arithmetic | Fractions
Publication Date: 
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