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Re: Use of Calculators



On Mon, 24 Feb 1997, David Thiessen wrote:

> Hi Physics Phriends,
> 
> up at the back of the room.  With their backs facing me, I announced,
> "During the exam, I'm going to come around and check your calculator for
> formulas AND I KNOW HOW TO GET AROUND THE MEMORY CLEARED MESSAGE."  Then I
> watched with a smirk on my face while at least one-half of the class
> started playing with buttons on their TI-XX's.

Had you tried to erase my programs, which i programmed myself, you would
have had a fight on your hands and quite possibly a lawsuit for
destruction of intellectual private property.  

> As far as I know (AND PLEASE CORRECT ME if I'm wrong), the Mem Cleared
> message is left on the screen for the teacher to see when s/he turns on the
Depending on the calculator you are wrong.  I am sure a clever student
will be laughing at your crude attempts to eliminate the powere of the
calculator.  I envisage a professor ..... burning books....... damning
that upstart Gutenberg for the printing press.... ruining for all time the
sanctity of the mind...
oh that's right .... the universities and some high schools are still the
one place where books
are banned during evaluations......... 
and you wonder why there is no correlation between university grades and
success in later careers..