Impact of Basic Algebra Software on Factorization Teaching-Learning
Maricela García Avalos, Manuel Sandoval Martínez, Gladys del C Velázquez L, Irene Sánchez F, Gerardo E Sepúlveda P
Results from the application of Basic Algebra (BA) educational software at Universidad Politecnica del Golfo de Mexico (UPGM) Petroleum Engineering first-year students are presented. The main goal was to improve the students’ factorization basics understanding and math skills. For this purpose, a workshop called Factorization was designed, in which several individual and group activities along with the use of BA, whose main function was to reinforce the knowledge acquired in the classroom, were applied; such activities followed a didactic sequence that allows students to progressively achieve the objectives set. In order to measure the understanding of these issues, a test with 10 basic exercises on factorization was developed and applied. It was found that 70% satisfactorily passed the post-test, while only 10% of the population approved the pre-test. The Hake statistic (G = 0.66) was used to measure the effectiveness of the strategy applied, indicating that the strategy can be considered good. This indicate that the use of didactic technology as a complementary tool for factorization learning is good, compared to traditional methods.