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?
Calc-A-Hundred: A game for two players requiring a calculator and thinking skills.
Calculator Nim: A game in which players take turns to add a single-digit 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 ex
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 at the "Start" flag with 100 on your calculator. What is the largest and smallest total you can end up with at the "End" flag.
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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 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.
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.
Using A Calculator: Questions to test your ability to use a basic calculator, scientific calculator and a graphic display calculator.
Using A Calculator Videos:
TI-Nspire CX CAS overview: This is a PowerPoint introduction used to give teachers an overview of the TI-Nspire.
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.
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