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 Linda Dodge (Frontier RSH) Posts: 11 Registered: 12/6/04
Posted: Jun 14, 1995 8:23 AM

I'm following this discussion on whether using technology could
possibly be conveyed as cheating. I have a dishwasher, a car, and a vaccuum
cleaner. I know that the dishwasher is best used for cleaning eating
utensils and the vaccuum for cleaning the floor. As long as I don't confuse
these roles and try to use the dishwasher for cleaning the floor, I feel as
if I have a sufficient handle on the technology. I do NOT need to know HOW
the dishwasher works..beyond what buttons to push to set it into motion for
it to be effective.
I think there is an analogy to technology here.>I'm satisfied if
students know that the quadratic formula is a way to generalize the solution
to where a quadratic function crosses the x-axis and to know when they might
want to know where the function crosses the x-axis. It's fine with me if
they want to program the quadratic function into their TI-82. In fact, I'll
even use the linking cord and transmit the program on my TI-82 to their
TI-82. I don't think that students have to demonstrate that they can derive
the quadractic function from ax^2 + bx + c = 0 in order to be able to use it
anymore than I think consumers have to prove that they know the mechanics
behind a dishwasher before they are allowed to operate it to wash their
dishes. I do expect consumers to be responsible and recognize that using a
dishwasher to wash one glass at a time is not energy efficient. Likewise, I
expect students to recognize that using the TI-82 quadratic formula to
solve x^2 = 25 is not efficient.

--
Linda Dodge
Math Consultant
Frontier Regional High School
South Deerfield, MA

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