|Calculator Related Math/Science Fair Project|
Message #1 Posted by Tim Wessman on 29 Oct 2010, 2:41 p.m.
The manger of the calculator group came to me today asking for some help/suggestions on something, and I think this is something that may be of some interest here. I know for sure I could definitely use some help.
Basically, his 8th grade daughter wants to do a project examining calculator precision and accuracy with various types of calculations. They are looking at both finance and scientific type calculations and trying to figure out how to test and compare this between different models. In addition, how this can help determine possible methods used to perform the calculations internally.
I know there have been a lot of discussions here in the past on calculator forensics, but I am not as familiar with them as I'd like.
Basically, I am hoping I can get some suggestions on:
1. Which forensics will be most interesting?
2. Which units should would be most interesting?
3. How and what would be good tests for financial calculations that would be interesting?
4. Any relevant links that could be helpful.
5. Any information or suggestions on how a project like this could be exciting and engaging for an 8th grade (~13yrs old students) advanced science/math class
I was planning to pass this post along to them for review, so feel free to post here and discuss. Thanks in advance.
Edited: 29 Oct 2010, 2:42 p.m.