Using A Calculator Starters:Big Order: Estimate or calculate then put the large numbers in order of size. Breathe Easily: How many breaths have you taken in your lifetime? Broken Calculator: Use only the 1, 5 and 0 keys on a calculator to make given totals. Broken Calculator (3 and 4): Some keys are missing from this calculator. Just how useful is it? CalcAHundred: A game for two players requiring a calculator and thinking skills. Calculator Nim: A game in which players take turns to add a singledigit number to what is already in the calculator. The winner is the player who makes the display show 30. Digital Lights: Questions about the Small LEDs used to make up the digits on a calculator display. Divided Age: How old is a person if when her age is divided by certain numbers, the calculator display ending are as shown. Faulty Button: Find out which of the calculator keys is faulty from the given information. A mathematical puzzle requiring good problem solving strategies. Four Gone: An activity involving a broken calculator which is missing the four button. Can you evaluate the given expressions without using the four? Inbetweens: Find fractions between two given values. Noodlewhack: Divide one whole number by another on your calculator. If the answer has one digit repeated but no other digits you have a Noodlewhack. Only One Number: Find other numbers that can be changed to 1 on a calculator using only the 4 key and any operation. Recurring Decimal: Use your calculator to find which whole number divided by another whole number gives the answer 1.36363636 Render Digitful: Find a calculation for the current year which uses all of the digits 1 to 9. Six Discrimination: An activity involving a calculator which is missing the six button. Can you evaluate the given expressions without using the six? Six Keys: Use just six calculator keys to make a total of 20. In how many different ways can it be done? Top Transfer: Beginning with 100 on your calculator, what is the largest and smallest totals you can end up with after travelling through each of the possible routes.
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Notes:All pupils should learn to calculate accurately, selecting mental methods or calculating devices as appropriate. Pupils, through practice, should learn to use the most appropriate method to perform a calculation. It is appropriate for them to use a calculator when performing a calculation without a calculator will take an inappropriate amount of time. Using A Calculator Teacher Resources:Calculator Workout: An animated guide to using a scientific calculator for Secondary and High School students. Compound Interest Calculator: A customised online calculator for quickly finding the solutions to compound interest problems. Normal Distribution Calculator: A customised online calculator for quickly finding areas under the normal distribution curve. Using A Calculator Activities:BIDMAS: A self marking exercise testing the application of BIDMAS, an acronym describing the order of operations used when evaluating ex Broken Calculator: Some of the buttons are missing from this calculator. Can you make the totals from 1 to 20? Calculator Words: Turn your calculator upside down to make words out of the answers to these questions. Calculator Workout: An animated guide to using a scientific calculator for Secondary and High School students. Consecutive Numbers: Find the consective numbers that are added or multiplied to give the given totals Make 1000: Use the numbers on the strange calculator to make a total of 1000 Make an expression: Use the digits given to form an expression equivalent to the given total. Six Discrimination: The six button has dropped off! How could these calculations be done using this calculator? Six Keys: Use just six keys on your calculator to make a given total. How many different ways can it be done? Using A Calculator: Questions to test your ability to use a basic calculator, scientific calculator and a graphic display calculator. Using A Calculator Videos:TINspire CX CAS overview: This is a PowerPoint introduction used to give teachers an overview of the TINspire. Time calculations on a calculator: Time Calculations using Casio Calculator  Degrees, Minutes & Seconds button  DMS Using a Calculator: Want to know how to use your scientific calculator? We thought this might be useful  here's an easy to follow, step by step guide. Using A Calculator Worksheets/Printables:Calculator Workout Record: A printable sheet on which pupils can make notes and keep a record of the calculator skills they learn. Using A Calculator External Links:Links to other websites containing resources for Using A Calculator are provided for those logged into 'Transum Mathematics'. Subscribing also opens up the opportunity for you to add your own links to this panel. You can sign up using one of the buttons below: SearchThe activity you are looking for may have been classified in a different way from the way you were expecting. You can search the whole of Transum Maths by using the box below.
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