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Topic: OOPs
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Vern Tenney

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Registered: 12/3/04
Re: OOPs
Posted: Jun 18, 1996 10:35 PM
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I respectfully disagree. A graphing calculator is permitted so if student
types 14 into the calculator the last thing done is divide. So, in my
opinion number 14 has 3 correct answers, not one or two. I thought one goal
was to strive for higher order thinking skills and to give credit for
different ways to do a math problem. This causes me much distress when the
rubrics for parts II,III and IV do not address all ways a student may do a
problem. A zero response is completely incoherent etc and some students did
some mathmatics that if no mistakes were subsequently made would have
arrived at a correct solution.
Did Albert Einstein think inside the box or outside?
I apologize for my ramblings.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Jeff Van Brink" <>
To: <>
Sent: Wednesday, June 18, 2003 5:20 PM
Subject: OOPs

> Dear Math Teachers,
> This test was awful. But this quuestion was not.
> Order of operations is standard and must be understood. Calculator
> input is not a matter of discussion, mathematics is.
> We teach hierarchy of operations (or should) at all levels from
> perhaps fouth grade on. And - by the way - we teach them incorrectly
> for the most part (Unary minus is usually left out)
> Here's the list I use:
> 1. Parentheses (numerators and denominators of fractions are treated
> as though they are in parentheses)
> 2. Exponents
> 3. Unary minus (a negative sign with no element to the left of it)
> 4. Multiplication or division
> 5. Addition or Subtraction
> operations on the same level MUST be done left to right as they
> appear.
> Now lets get back to complaining about the difficulty level of the
> part II,III, and IV questions. And the crazed rubrics. And the
> poorly worded questions.
> Jeff Van Brink
> East Meadow, NY
> ------- End of Forwarded Message

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