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The educational use of tables on advanced scientific calculators

Kissane, B. (2022) The educational use of tables on advanced scientific calculators. At Right Angles, 12 . pp. 85-96.

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Although advanced scientific calculators of recent years include many features intended for educational use, they are still frequently misunderstood as mostly devices for numerical computation. Following a model for the educational use of calculators, this article describes and illustrates several ways in which the use of a calculator facility to construct tables of values can have educational value in the secondary school. Examples include the study of linear and quadratic functions, algebraic equivalence, equations, sequences, series, limits, convergence, differentiation and integration. The article concludes by observing that the educational value of calculators derives from the experiences they offer students, not merely from their capacity to generate numerical answers.

Item Type: Non-refereed Article
Murdoch Affiliation(s): Education
Publisher: Azim Premji University
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