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Workshop: Typical Mathematical Problems in University Studies

Presented by Lukas Masilko and Jiri Pecl

Authors of the workshop introduce participants to several mathematical problems which a blind university student can be faced with, for example two polynomials division, two matrices multiplication, examination of a function’s shape etc.
They describe how a sighted mathematician solves all the listed tasks, and which algorithm s/he uses for the purpose. They try to consider each problem’s solution procedure from the point of view of a blind student, whether it is suitable for him/her and which barriers s/he can come across when computing. Finally, authors stimulate participants to discuss optimal methods of solving these problems employed by blind students so that their invested time and energy approximately correspond to those of sighted people dealing with the same tasks.