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Ted Alper

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Re:calculator peripherals
Posted: Aug 7, 1995 12:55 AM
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Kent writes:

>I also have seen students who, in essence, are merely peripherals to their
>calculator. One student stopped me in class and argued that sin(pi/2) = 0. I
>could not disuade him with any definition-- this is what his calculator told
>him (of course it wa set to degrees).



While I'm certainly familiar with the phenomenon of students believing
outrageous answers because they got them on their calculators, I have
to stop and ask: huh? sin(pi/2) doesn't equal 0, even in degrees. My
calculator gives around .0274.


Ted Alper
alper@ockham.stanford.edu
Math Coordinator, EPGY





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