Friday, November 26, 2010

Friday Flashback

Remember these pricey($100-ish) little calculators our parents had to buy us for high school math?

TI-83

I used this baby all through high school math and science and even into college.... but I haven't touched it since. I had to search for some AAA batteries just to fire the sucker up for this post!

They were awesome (math nerd alert). You could do just about anything math related with them (none of which I remember how to do).... You could also play games on them. Which I often did. Black Jack and Snake were among my favorites. I was sad to see I didn't have them on the calculator anymore.

In high school I learned how to efficiently use my calculator.

TI-83
I "placed" a lot of "notes" in here for geometry.

Geometry was probably one of the only math classes I had trouble with. I blame the horrible teacher.

I also spent wayyy to much time (during class) drawing pictures on the graphing part of the calculator. There was still a picture on there when I went to look.

TI-83
I also put some "notes" in here for geometry as well.

With the exception of geometry, I loooved math. Math and science classes were my favorite in high school / college. I probably liked them becuase I never had to study for them! Wooo!

Did you have to use one of these calculators in school? Have to buy your kid one?

7 comments:

  1. OOOOH I still use mine at work, and then at home to balance my checkbook :P It is just like yours :)

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  2. I have a fancy business one I had to get while I was getting my MBA. It's very similar to this one. It's on my kitchen counter & I too use it for checkbook math. My trig teacher used to say - you'll use this to build bridges one day (some crazy math) & I used to say - my mom says you only need to know checkbook math when you get older. Mom was right! haha. :)

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  3. I had to buy myself one for my trig class (college). Couldn't use the calculator, barely passed the class...BUT...I got an A+ as a final grade in (high school) Geometry. Go figure.

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  4. I had to have a scientific calculator in high school, but not one with graphing capabilities. Our school owned graphing calculators that we used in geometry class.

    In university I was also required to own a very specific model of scientific calculator. I think it was in the neighbourhood of $25 to buy.

    I now have a scientific calculator app AND a graphing calculator app on my iPod Touch.

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  5. I didn't have to have one for high school because they had a set in the classroom for us to use. I needed one for university, though, and had to pay for it myself, boo. As if books aren't expensive enough, but I had to get a calculator, too? Pfft. Whenever I can, I dig it out to put it to use, just to spite the cost. Really, I'm only a little bitter still.... :P

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  6. I had to have a scientific calculator for trig and calculus, but not a graphing model (they were not really mainstream yet at that time). I didn't need any sort of calculator for geometry back then. I can't recall how to use most of the functions on it!

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  7. this post MADE MY DAY (yep nerd alert). i had a TI-85 in high school, a TI-92 in college, had to use boyfriend's TI-89 for my praxis test, taught on a TI-86 and then a TI-84. and our algebra and geometry students use either TI-34 or TI-30X.

    wow i'm a bigger nerd than i originally realized :)

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