About This Chapter
Below is a sample breakdown of the Using Scientific Calculators chapter into a 5-day school week. Based on the pace of your course, you may need to adapt the lesson plan to fit your needs.
|Day||Topics||Key Terms and Concepts Covered|
|Monday||Selecting online calculator modes||The CLEP calculator's solver, data, and graphing modes; basic calculator functions and command history|
|Tuesday||Choosing radians or degrees||Suggestions for determining whether to use radians or degrees; methods for navigating between the two modes|
|Wednesday||Entering trig functions and exponentials||Procedures for calculating exponents, logarithms with a base other than ten, and inverse trigonometric functions|
|Thursday||Solving equations||Tips for using the solver mode to calculate one or more unknown variables|
|Friday||Graphing functions||Menu options used to find a graph's zero value, maximum or minimum values, and function intersections|
1. Radians & Degrees on the CLEP Scientific Calculator
In this lesson, we'll review online calculators, in particular the CLEP online calculator. Review the difference between radians and degrees, the order of operations and scientific notation on the CLEP calculator.
2. Trigonometry Functions & Exponentials on the CLEP Calculator
In this lesson, review how to use the history on the CLEP calculator as we calculate sines, cosines and the inverse trigonometric functions. Finish by exploring exponentials and logarithms.
3. Solving Equations on the CLEP Scientific Calculator
In this lesson, learn how to use the Solver function of the CLEP calculator. With calculators, you can solve equations numerically (find a number answer) even when you cannot solve the problem explicitly.
4. How to Solve Equations by Graphing on the CLEP Scientific Calculator
In this lesson, review how to graph equations with the CLEP calculator. Given a function, find the maximum and minimum values over a range and the roots of the equation. Learn how you can use this to solve a system of equations by graphically finding intersects.
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