ERIC Number: ED082470
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1973-Jun
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Interactive Computing With a Programmable Calculator; Student Experimentations in Numerical Methods.
Gerald, Curtis F.
Programable desk calculators can provide students with personal experience in the use of numerical methods. Courses at California Polytechnic State University at San Luis Obispo use the Compucorp Model 025 Educator Experiences with it as a teaching device for solving non-linear equations and differential equations show that students can by-pass tedious hand calculations and elminate time-consuming program writing which other modes require; it also allows students to perform mathematical experiments analogous to the laboratory experiments of the physical sciences and to compare methods of solving the same problem. Student reactions to this mode of learning are favorable, and examination results indicate they learned more and acquired deeper understanding of those topics involving the calculator's use. Other advantages of programable calculators include the following: 1) their cost is relatively low; 2) they eliminate programing, keypunch, and syntax errors; 3) they are more available to students than the generally overloaded computer system; 4) they facilitate personal involvement by the student, perhaps due to their small size and relative simplicity; 5) their relatively slow speed promotes student awareness of complex calculations; and 6) they expose the student to a valuable educational tool. (PB)
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Authoring Institution: California Polytechnic State Univ., San Luis Obispo.
Identifiers - Location: California