I have a Computer Math class every Fall semester and an Advanced Computer Math class every Spring. This is an introductory year for learning how to program, look at some algorithms and start a little Scientific Computing. In the Fall, we use yabasic (http://www.yabasic.de) in Linux which is a lot like the old IBM BASICA and MS QBASIC. We sometimes use MS VB6 or REALbasic (http://www.realsoftware.com). In the Spring, we play around with a little C++.
I like to do a final project the last 2 weeks or so of each semester that’s a little different each year. This year, I installed WINE on our Fedora clients and installed VTI, the Virtual TI graphing calculator emulator. So, I’m thinking of using what my students learned about yabasic to program a TI-83 at the end of this semester. Then, I’d like to use what they learned about C++ to program a TI-89.
Take a look at the youtubes I embedded above with this article. I showed one two weeks ago to wet my students’ appetite. I showed the quadratic equation one this past week. We’re going to write programs like these next week on our TI-83 emulators! Unfortuantely, there aren’t any good youtubes on programming a TI-89. As luck would have it, I can use my best seller on EBay: http://cgi.ebay.com/TBP-TI-Calculator-Active-Programs-I-Wrote-for-Calculus_W0QQitemZ300341576351QQcmdZViewItemQQptZCalculators?hash=item45edc0c29f#ht_9418wt_1165
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