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).