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Mathematics in Education, Research and Applications (MERAA), 2019(5), 2

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Published online 2019-12-01

Knowledge of mathematics at the Slovak University of Agriculture in Nitra in the context of history of planar curves

Helena Baraníková, Jarmila Horváthová
Slovak University of Agriculture in Nitra, Nitra, Slovak Republic

Article Fulltext (PDF), pp. 69–77

The geometric visualization has been present in the different forms from the earliest recorded time all around us. In our paper we deal with the planar curves, which are an inseparable part of Mathematics, and they are applicable in the everyday practical life. The visualization programs require a user´s experience and skills to know also some significant properties of the planar curves. As there are many types of the planar curves, in the first part we concentrate our attention on the selected groups, which are characterized by the parametric expression. The selected curves can serve as a visual aid in the process of teaching about planar curves and their properties. The second objective of the paper is the analysis of the entrance test of Mathematics. We decided to compare the results of the entrance test in the academic year 2018/2019 and detect if the significant differences exist between the results in the particular study groups. The selection file was represented by the students of the study programs in the first year of study at the bachelor´s degree at the Faculty of Economics and Management of the Slovak University of Agriculture in Nitra. We used the methods of descriptive statistics and statistical hypotheses testing in order to analyze the empiric data.

Keywords: mathematics, teaching, visualization, planar curves
JEL Classification: I21, C12, B16