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Topic: the use of calculators
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Josh Tabor

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the use of calculators
Posted: Feb 3, 1997 8:55 PM
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I have an ethical issue to discuss:

What if a students asks he if he should program his notes into his
calculator for the AP exam?

There are several factors to this question:
1. I assume that the AP people know the capabilities of the
calculators, and they have said nothing about clearing memories, etc.
2. The AP calculus kids in our school have traditionally taken some
programs with them to the test (volumes of revolution, etc).
3. I doubt that most things that they would think to program in would
actually help them on the exam, since the formulas and tables are
provided. Yet even in the sample AP questions, if a student had a list
of vocabulary with examples, they would have an advantage (ex:
blocking, SRS, etc)
4. In a way, having them spend the time to decide what to program in
is actually a good way to encourage them to review.

Should we just assume that the AP people assume that students will
bring fully loaded calculators, or should I make a big deal about being
honest and bringing an empty calculator? I wouldn't want my students
to have an unfair advantage (or disadvantage).

Wanting to do the right thing,

Josh Tabor
Wilson HS
Hacienda Heights, CA

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