Date: Mon, 7 Feb 2005 18:03:43 -0500

Author: "Dick Heckathorn"

Subject: RE: calculators



I require a TI 83+ calculator for my High School Students. Near the
beginning of the year, I spend 3 or 4 days teaching them how to input
data into the list area and then manipulate it to get a mathematical

You will find 5 activities at

if you are interested. They are labeled 1-5 Graphing Data....

Numerous students have returned from college to say they were thankful
for having done it in high school.


Helping teachers who facilitate, motivating students who learn.
Dick Heckathorn 14665 Pawnee Trail Middleburg Hts, OH 44130
Physics Teacher CVCA 4687 Wyoga Lake Rd Cuyahoga Falls, OH 44224
330-929-0575 VM 120
Physics is learning how to communicate with ones environment so that is
will talk back.

-----Original Message-----
[] On Behalf Of David Willey
Sent: Monday, February 07, 2005 3:15 PM
To: tap-l
Subject: calculators

Well, at least it's good to know it's not just me. I've been teaching
Physics for 30 some years now, and have never needed more than a
calculator with trig functions, yet all my students are required by an
engineering prof. to buy graphing calculators. Never mind that they're
clueless as to how to store a value in memory, etc. My "Required
Materials" list has been amended from including "a calculator with
trigonometric functions" to "a calculator with trigonometric functions
and knowledge of how to use it". I didn't used to set homework in lab (3

hrs in lab for 1 credit hour seemed enough.) These days though I set
uncertainty calculations as homework, and each student has to get a
homework perfectly correct before they pass my lab. If they don't get it

right, they get handed another. I haven't had to flunk anyone yet, but
I've had students get to HW#8 before getting it right. The upside is
that exams scores improved significantly after this "zero mistakes
tolerated" procedure was adopted,
P.S. and I'm sick of them pulling out a calculator to find out what 7X8

>>One of my pet peeves right now is trying to show college students how
to do
>>elementary arithmetic on a $100+ calculator.
From Mon Feb 7 17:59:20 2005