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Bridging Symbolic Computation and Economics: A Dynamic and Interactive Tool to Analyze the Price Elasticity of Supply

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Center for Advanced Studies in Management and Economics (CEFAGE), Universidade do Algarve, Campus de Gambelas, 8005-139 Faro, Portugal
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Faculdade de Economia, Universidade do Algarve, Campus de Gambelas, 8005-139 Faro, Portugal
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Center for Functional Analysis, Linear Structures and Applications (CEAFEL), Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia, Universidade do Algarve, Campus de Gambelas, 8005-139 Faro, Portugal
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Math. Comput. Appl. 2019, 24(4), 87; https://doi.org/10.3390/mca24040087
Received: 1 August 2019 / Revised: 4 October 2019 / Accepted: 9 October 2019 / Published: 10 October 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Numerical and Symbolic Computation: Developments and Applications)
It is not possible to achieve the objectives and skills of a program in economics, at the secondary and undergraduate levels, without resorting to graphic illustrations. In this way, the use of educational software has been increasingly recognized as a useful tool to promote students’ motivation to deal with, and understand, new economic concepts. Current digital technology allows students to work with a large number and variety of graphics in an interactive way, complementing the theoretical results and the so often used paper and pencil calculations. The computer algebra system Mathematica is a very powerful software that allows the implementation of many interactive visual applications. Thanks to the symbolic and numerical capabilities of Mathematica, these applications allow the user to interact with the graphical and analytical information in real time. However, Mathematica is a commercially distributed application which makes it difficult for teachers and students to access. The main goal of this paper is to present a new dynamic and interactive tool, created with Mathematica and available in the Computable Document Format. This format allows anyone with a computer to use, at no cost, the PES(Linear)-Tool, even without an active Wolfram Mathematica license. The PES(Linear)-Tool can be used as an active learning tool to promote better student activity and engagement in the learning process, among students enrolled in socio-economic programs. This tool is very intuitive to use which makes it suitable for less experienced users. View Full-Text
Keywords: symbolic computation; dynamic and interactive tool; socio-economic sciences; F-Tool concept; PES(Linear)-Tool; Wolfram Mathematica; computable document format symbolic computation; dynamic and interactive tool; socio-economic sciences; F-Tool concept; PES(Linear)-Tool; Wolfram Mathematica; computable document format
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Andraz, J.M.; Candeias, R.; Conceição, A.C. Bridging Symbolic Computation and Economics: A Dynamic and Interactive Tool to Analyze the Price Elasticity of Supply. Math. Comput. Appl. 2019, 24, 87.

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