Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 26th Jun 2009 18:15 UTC
I guess the tragic death of Michael Jackson put the internet on hold or something, as the amount of news we can find has come to a grinding halt. I did find something interesting, though: HP has made several of its classic calculator models available as iPhone applications or as Windows applications. I'm personally not particularly versed in the world of mathematics (other than statistics), but I do know the love many geeks have for their calculators.
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RE[2]: I have a HP 15C
by abstraction on Mon 29th Jun 2009 07:49 UTC in reply to "RE: I have a HP 15C"

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2008-11-27

I am one of those that actually dislike the use of calculators in school.

During highschool we had to use calculators because the answers could not be described as a fraction 3/7 or an angle of 2*PI etc.

As soon as I enrolled at the university there was not even one subject that required a calculator. All the problems had a solution that could solved by hand even if the actual problem was way more complicated than anything we had ever done in highschool.

When looking back I came to the solution that the required use of calculators in highschool only added to the confusion when trying to understand math. I can not understand why the hell we had to use them because it is so much easier to understand math if not having to rely on the calculator to solve your problem.

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RE[3]: I have a HP 15C
by unclefester on Mon 29th Jun 2009 08:16 in reply to "RE[2]: I have a HP 15C"
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The only time you are likely to obtain results like 3/7 is in theoretical problems such as basic trigonometry. This rarely occurs in solving real world situations.

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RE[4]: I have a HP 15C
by abstraction on Mon 29th Jun 2009 10:40 in reply to "RE[3]: I have a HP 15C"
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Of course if you apply the theory into practice you probably need a calculator. But that was not what I was saying. I just ment that from a teaching standpoint the teacher should not give students basic math problems that requires a calculator to solve.

If you ask a student to solve the square root of a number it is better to give them the number 16 than say give them a calculator and the number 15. It will teach the student not to depend on the calculator to solve the problem but instead use his/her own insight.

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