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Topic: 4 function calculators
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Seese, Lillian

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4 function calculators
Posted: Feb 8, 2013 10:12 AM
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This is a follow up to my request for where to by 4-function calculators
(without square root or % buttons), which I am sending because of all
the questions I received from you.

First, "why would anyone want a 4-function calculator?"

Our special needs students have always been given the
accommodation of a4-function calculator if they need it for number
facts. Recently, they have been hard to find, and so our office which
evaluates students' needs for accommodations says, "calculator or fact
sheet." We thought that meant that we could eliminate calculators
altogether for basic math tests on whole numbers, but we were told that
we could only eliminate the use of the last 2 keys - say, glue them
down? But if we didn't want to do that, we could withhold the
calculator for problems involving percents and square roots, and make
fact sheets available.

All of this seems pretty weird, so we went on a search
for 4-function calculators - hence my e-mail to you.


Lillian Seese

Professor of Mathematics

St Louis Community College at Meramec

11333 Big Bend Blvd.

Kirkwood MO 63122


It turns out that the only place we've found them is on those sites
where you can customize coffee mugs, pencils, etc. for example,
"" sells a solar 4-function calculator for $2.57

I sometimes think we are the only department left that
feels that learning whole number operations, with borrowing, lining up
place values, combining like terms, etc. is important... thanks to all
of you who responded to me!

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