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Topic: Minitab before TI-83?
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Al Coons

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Minitab before TI-83?
Posted: Sep 11, 1996 6:31 PM
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Tom Short wrote

<<How important it is for students to use Minitab or see Minitab output,
since such output may appear on the exam? For most statistical tests, the
TI-83 output is different in appearance from Minitab, although the important
values are usually provided in both settings.>>

Others will respond about the value of computer statistics packages and how
important it is for students to see computer output before the AP exam (I
think it is very important - not necessarily a lot, but they need to be

In a related subject, I expected to start my course using the TI-83 and then
shift to Minitab later. However, since I am using Rossman and it works
exclusively with dotplots for the first few lessons I turned to Minitab first
(the TI-83 does not have dotplots hardwired). In retrospect, I am very happy
I did. Even being a TI-83 expert, the significantly greater overhead of
using the TI-83 (as compared to Minitab) would have weighed heavily at the
start of a year.

So, I was forced to use the two technologies in the reverse order from my
plan and I am glad I did. We are now switching to the TI. The extra
attention it will take can be handled better now that the students know each
other and have formed work groups, understand the expectations of the course,
know how data is stored on our file server (for transfer to Minitab or the
TI-83), and have some basic terminology under their belts.


Albert Coons
Mathematics Department
Buckingham Browne & Nichols School
Gerry's Landing Road
Cambridge, MA 02138
(617) 547-6100

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