Fall 2017 Technology Info
I have developed a suite of Excel files that can be used to
explore various kinds of models that we will study this semester.
These are documents that can be opened with Microsoft Excel. If
you have a laptop or desktop computer with excel installed, you can
simply download these files from our course website and open them in
excel. If you don't have excel, you can download MSOffice 365
from the MyAmerican portal. Having the ability to use these
excel files will make many of the homework assignments easier and more
A graphing calculator can be very handy in this
course. The calculator I know best is a TI-83, and I will
sometimes demonstrate its use in class. If you have a TI-83
calculator, or something similar, you may want to bring it to class for
use with in-class activities and to follow along with
demonstrations. For students who do not have such a calculator,
it is a matter of personal preference whether or not to get a
calculator just for the course. For exams, you should probably
have at least a scientific calculator that has buttons for exponents,
logs, and ex.
Calculator Apps on smart phones will not allowed on exams.
The in-class demonstrations will be presented with an emulated version
of a TI-83 calculator. This is a program that runs on a laptop
with Windows 7, and may work on other platforms as well, though I have
not tested any. If you wish to download it and try it on your
computer, go to
Note: download and install this software at your own risk. I
cannot vouch for its safety or reliability.
Mathematical Word Processing
MS Word has built in operations for including mathematical symbols such
as fractions, square root symbols, exponents and subscripts. For
more information about this, click here.