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Jerry Uhl

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Re: AP
Posted: Jan 31, 1996 11:35 AM
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At 11:56 PM 1/30/96 -0600, John A Benson wrote:
.........There are many teachers who were
>reluctant to use graphing calculators until AP said they were required.
>Many of those teachers have become believers in the new technology. Many
>schools ahve begun to require graphing calculators in algebra and trig
>because it is on the AP test....................


Agreed.
But when technology comes in, it is natural that new courses and new
problems come in to reflect the technology. By and large this has not
happened.
In fact, the new AP calculator based questions are really no different from
the old hand questions. As a result the AP encourages the simple expedient
of just cutting technology into the old course possibly degrading it.

The real advantage of technology is its potential to be used to get at new
ideas. None of the available calculator-based courses have progressed to
this point.
-Jerry Uhl

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Professor of Mathematics 1409 West Green Street
University of Illinois Urbana,Illinois 61801
Calculus&Mathematica Development Team
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"Calculus, as currently taught, is full of inert material..."
----------------Peter Lax






Date Subject Author
1/31/96
Read AP
John A Benson
1/31/96
Read Re: AP
Jerry Uhl
1/31/96
Read Re: AP
Mark Howell (Gonzaga)
1/31/96
Read Re: AP
Jerry Uhl
9/21/04
Read Re: AP
nstahl@uwcmail.uwc.edu

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