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                              Program Your Calculator
Programming with the TI84 Calculator
by Dr. Gerald R. Rising, Dr. Eileen K. Schoaff & Dr. Deborah MooreRusso
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ISBN13: 9781490380353
Library of Congress Control Number: 2013910491
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                              About the book:
Dr. Gerald Rising and Dr. Deborah MooreRusso, of the University at Buffalo and Dr. Eileen Schoaff of Buffalo State College wrote "Program Your Calculator," to give a basic introduction to programming with the TI84 calculator through a series of interesting examples.
The following video on You Tube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wOGb0QervBs
presents information about "Program Your Calculator" in an interview with the book's principal author, Dr. Gerald R. Rising.
James Easton, instructor at Erie Community College in Buffalo, New York, finds "Program Your Calculator" a very useful text for both individual and classroom settings, especially at a time when programming is rarely taught in mathematics classes. Easton said, "Students gain much insight into mathematical concepts through simple programming and this book opens that opportunity to them. This doubles or triples the power of the calculator."
Professor Rising explains why he considers their book important: "Check any science lab or engineering workplace and you will find an extraordinary number of handheld calculators in daily use, but too few users employ the programming power of their calculators. By programming them according to the instructions this text provides, they can make their tiny devices respond to the specific problems in which they are interested: solving complex equations, replicating experiments, modeling real world applications and creating exquisite graphs. The power of the calculator increases significantly."
"Programming was a central part of the school mathematics curriculum in the past. Today it is rarely taught except in specialized computer science courses. In Germany and Japan the situation is different: calculator programming is widely taught and applied." Rising says he hopes "Program Your Calculator" will address our nation's deficiency: "Our book is a brief, straightforward presentation that can be used in school or college classrooms or by individual learners."
A simple example of a program Rising wrote is called LOTTERY, which models the national MegaMillions lottery. It allows users to "buy" as many dollar tickets as they wish and see the probable outcome. "Running this program," he says, "shows in striking fashion what little return players receive from their 'investments.'"
And Rising has written the popular "Inside Your Calculator," published by John Wiley and Sons, which explains the math behind the calculator functions.
About the Authors:
Gerald R. Rising is State University of New York (SUNY) Distinguished Teaching Professor Emeritus, University at Buffalo has been author or coauthor of over a dozen textbooks and 100 journal articles. A more recent book is "Inside Your Calculator: From Simple Programs to Significant Insights" (Wiley, 2007). Professor Rising has taught at the University of Minnesota, New York University, University of Connecticut, Cornell University, and Manchester University in England. A regular speaker at Mathematical Association of America section meetings, he served for over ten years on the Joint American Statistical Association and the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics Committee on the Curriculum in Statistics and Probability, and for two years served as liaison officer between the Mathematical Association of America and the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics.
Eileen K. Schoaff is Professor of Mathematics Emeritus, Buffalo State College. She earned a SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching for her teaching at the college and at the University at Buffalo. Especially well informed about programming, Schoaff has written two books and a number of articles about this subject.
Deborah MooreRusso is Assistant Professor of Mathematics Education at the University at Buffalo. Prior to this she taught mathematics for five years at St. Gregory's College in Oklahoma and for eight years at the University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez. She has been author or coauthor of two mathematics textbooks and almost 50 articles in science, mathematics and engineering education.
Topics covered in this book:
Handheld calculator, TI84 calculator, Texas Instruments, TI83 calculator, programming, writing programs, computer programming, BASIC, John Kemeny, Thomas Kurtz, program instructions, Casio FX series, Casio calculator programming, calculator keys, Celsius temperature, Fahrenheit temperature, converting temperatures, program editing, debugging, code, ,control structures, goto, ifthen, ifthenelse, evaluate, function, equation, random, randomizing, probability, calculator screen, calculator graphics, pixel screen, for control structure, while control structure, repeat control structure, subprograms, tracing, matrix, matrices, vector, array, list, string, duplation and mediation, Russian peasant multiplication
                            
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Program Your Calculator
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Two University at Buffalo faculty members, Dr. Gerald Rising and Dr. Deborah MooreRusso, and Dr. Eileen Schoaff of Buffalo State College have written Program Your Calculator, a book that introduces programming with a TI84 calculator through a series of interesting examples. The downloadable eBook edition sells for $2.99 from: www.amazon PYC eBook
James Easton, instructor at Erie Community College in Buffalo, New York, finds Program Your Calculator "a very useful text for both individual and classroom settings, especially at a time when programming is rarely taught in mathematics classes. Students gain much additional insight into mathematical concepts through simple programming and this book opens that opportunity to them. This doubles or triples the power of the calculator."
Professor Rising explains why he considers their book important: "Check any science lab or engineering workplace and you will find an extraordinary number of handheld calculators in daily use, but too few users employ the programming power of their calculators. By programming them according to the instructions this text provides, they can make their tiny devices respond to the specific problems in which they are interested: solving complex equations, replicating experiments, modeling real world applications and creating exquisite graphs. This increases the power of the calculator significantly."
"Unfortunately, after a brief period when programming was a central part of the school mathematics curriculum, it is rarely taught today except in specialized computer science courses. In foreign countries like Germany and Japan the situation is quite different: calculator programming is widely taught and applied." Rising says he hopes Program Your Calculator will address our nation's deficiency: "Our book is a brief, straightforward presentation that can be used in school or college classrooms or by individual learners."
Asked for a simple example of a program he has written, Rising offered one he calls LOTTERY, which models the national MegaMillions lottery. It allows users to "buy" as many dollar tickets as they wish and see the probable outcome. "Running this program," he says, "shows in striking fashion what little return players receive from their 'investments.'"
The same author team has written a college mathematics textbook for liberal arts students, that is currently being considered for publication by the Mathematical Association of America. And Rising has written the popular, Inside Your Calculator , published by John Wiley and Sons, which explains the math behind the calculator functions.
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