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Topic: calculators vs. computers
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calculators vs. computers
Posted: Feb 16, 1998 11:54 AM
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Hi folks,

I have "listened" for nearly a year now. Previous postings have not
made it because our mail system appends a name that major domo does
not recognize. Here's hoping that the moderator will catch his copy
and make sure the posting makes it.

I want to reply to Dave Slomer's response to the calculator vs.
computer dilemma:

"Although more accurate at it, Derive is NOT as friendly at graphing
as ANY TI; the 92 (contains Derive subset) is friendly enough, even in
3D mode."

As a DERIVE user, I don't find this to be true. Early versions of
DERIVE required manually setting a scale and center somewhat similar
to range box work on a calculator. Recent versions and particularly
the windows version of DERIVE are delightfully user friendly. There is
a default mechanism to show as much of the graph behavior as possible
and also a range box feature for graphing calculator types. The icons
in the windows version make DERIVE even more friendly.

As to calculators vs computers, I caution the original poster to
determine support/control issues before jumping in one camp or the
other. The calculators offer the advantage of not requiring much tech
support or interference from other bodies (ie Info Tech trying to tell
you how to do things and not coming through with promised assistance).
We are so fed up here that the math dept is seriously considering
giving up computers in favor of a TI-92 (no one else on campus will be

Lisa Townsley Kulich
Benedictine University

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