- Taschenbuch: 346 Seiten
- Verlag: Manning; Auflage: Pap/Psc (22. August 2013)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 161729084X
- ISBN-13: 978-1617290848
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 18,7 x 2 x 23,5 cm
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Using the TI-83 Plus/TI-84 Plus (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 22. August 2013
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Christopher Mitchell is a teacher, PhD candidate, and recognized leader in the calculator enthusiast community. You'll find Christopher (aka Kerm Martian) and his cadre of calculator experts answering questions and sharing advice on his website, cemetech.net. He is the author of Manning's Programming the TI-83 Plus/TI-84 Plus.
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I enjoy the step by step process prefixed with pictures of the calculator screen so you know exactly what you are doing.
Great book, and great writing style.
The longer story: I am a techie and a parent of algebra students in a school district that "requires" these calculators. I was unfamiliar with the Ti-84 and needed a way to get up to speed quickly. When I was offered a copy of the book, in exchange for a review, I thought. "OK..... perhaps it'll help me get up to speed quickly". It did because Mr. Mitchell has done a great job with managing a lot of material. But, if you are a parent purchasing this book, you should know that the target audience for this book is *beginning users* of math calculators, not unix man pages for the Ti-84.
Here are a few nitpicks
* readability: instructions on data/ formula entry are presented to the reader in narrative form, using graphics of the appropriate keys. I appreciate that this style lends clarity and exactness, but I find it hard to read. I think there are shorter, more compact ways to communicate the required steps but I know that this is my taste and not likely everyone's taste. Considering the target audience... this is admittedly being very nitpicky.
* illustrative but simple examples. I would have liked a few heavier examples, but I suspect book length was an issue. There are plenty of short examples. Good for the s00per-beginner, not helpful for someone a little farther along.
* MathPrint (MP) vs. non-MathPrint. These are extras interleaved in with the content to explain the difference between MP and non-MP; i found these a little distracting. Again, if you're in the target audience you may appreciate the extra effort at clarity. I think section 1.3 is important, but sufficient.
* downloading data is presented very late in the book (Chapter 13). These calculators can interface with laptop computers and download data; this capability isn't described until Chapter 13. If your student is required to process a larger dataset they'll very likely type it in by hand. argh. stop them from doing this. This download capability should be referenced much earlier so students know about it when the need arises. If they are required to purchase the calculator for a class, its a good bet the download capability might save them some time at some point, so it might help them to know that that the capability even exists without having to read the Chapter 13.
Those are my nitpicks. Summarizing the good things.....
This is a very solid, very thorough book with clear explanations of the calculator basics. Chapters are not compact, and are interleaved with short examples. Important, basic material is grouped up front in the first few chapters which make most things (not all) it's easy enough to find (the epub is excellent, and the detailed TOC is nice). Coverage of algebra/precalculus curriculum appears complete (or nearly so) to me, with considerable effort to make things clear. My favorite chapters were chapters 3,4, and 5 because they gave me a good general understanding that freed me from... the book. The book ends giving you a taste of the possibilities... introducing programming and interfacing with computers in Chapters 11 and 13, respectively; this is great stuff and if you want more, I suspect the *other* Ti-84 book digs into that in depth... here, you just get a whiff, which is probably the right thing to do.
very thorough. 4.6/5 stars. round up.
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