June 2022 – Beyond Fingers and Toes
Not everyone is able to calculate complex formulas and equations in their head. At some point in our education, students were required to understand those dreaded equations, but calculators were allowed.
I recall seeing a calculator owned by a co-worker which he used in his high school.
It could do addition, subtraction, multiplication and division and had a special function for that age of calculator. It could calculate percentage with a press of a button,
He remembered the price of the calculator. The cost was considered a hefty price at being $100 in the 1960s.
Over the years, conversion of imperial to metric measurements and reverse became essential on calculators.
Trigonometry calculation buttons joined the measurement conversion buttons to a hand-held calculator.
With the internet and smart phones, calculators have disappeared from most students required education tools.
Ahh, the good old days…
Q. What was unique about where the teachers spent time in school away from the student body in 1931?
A. Find out the answer in next month’s newsletter.
Last month’s answer: Sandra (Hutchinson) Thain in 2019 and 2020.
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