using calculator while doing mathsDo you think that using calculator while doing maths is a bane or boon?

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jeew-m | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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In maths there are situations you should use the calculator. If there is a complex calculation or some thing like that you can use it. But for simple calculations you should use your own thinking power. If you didnt use you brain for calculation since you have a calculator it would decrease your capacity and power of the brain. The best method is to use the calculator as a confirmation mode. Then you can solve by brain and check by calculator.

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trophyhunter1 | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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I see a decline in the ability of my students over the past 30 years as an educator in the science class with their basic math skills. My students cannot figure out averages, percentages, do basic equations, multiply or divide, without a calculator. Therefore, I believe that calculators shouldn't be used until college in a classroom so that students learn basic math.

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wannam | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Educator

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I think using a calculator is just like using any other technology, there has to be a balance.  Yes, using a calculator has many benefits.  It can speed your work and improve your accuracy.  However, consistently depending on a calculator could prevent you from being able to perform even the simplest calculations without technological assistance.

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embizze | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

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The benefits of using a calculator include being able to see patterns without having to do the tedious calculations, the ability to work on "real-world" problems which frequently involve large numbers or lots of decimal places, and freeing your mind to concentrate on the concept instead of the arithmetic.(Its the process that is important, not the answer). That said, overuse of a calculator can lead to silly errors (if you cannot estimate the answer you might accept a bizarre calculator answer), the inability to recognize common errors, and as a previous post points out if you do not exercise this aspect of your mind it will atrophy. Calculators are a great tool (try doing logarithms without one) but are frequently overused.

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literaturenerd | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

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I agree that using a calculator is not "wrong." A person must be able to use the calculator correctly in order to properly calculate. That said, I do believe that there are certain things a person should be able to do without a calculator: simple addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division.

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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I don't really think there's anything wrong with using a calculator as long as you would know what to do without one.  Arithmetic is not the really important and difficult part of math anyway.  Using a calculator helps you do the "busy work" of math, but it doesn't do the hard part for you.  Therefore it's more of a good thing than a bad.

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awishikha | Student, Grade 10 | (Level 1) Honors

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Using calculator while solving sums is an instant relief but not the solution to the problem. The person who uses it gets himself accustommed to ease and comfort.

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mad-e | Student, Grade 10 | (Level 1) Honors

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As long as you dont use the calculator for your exams its ok.

you may use a calculator to save time while doin long sums.

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elekzy | Student, Grade 11 | (Level 1) Valedictorian

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I never cease to wonder how people of the past solved math without using calculator. Yes, the use of calculator is easier. Yet, NOW OUR DAYS, CALCULATOR DISTRACTS STUDENTS FROM USING THEIR BRAIN TO THINK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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najm1947 | Elementary School Teacher | (Level 1) Valedictorian

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We cannot undermine the benefits of calculators but as said in post 3 & 4, it is good to not to use calculators for simple calculations.

Being from the Indo-Pak sub-continent, I fully agree with post 3:

But doing calculations on our own will help us improve our calculating power & mental maths. Anish Gupta

In our part of the world (India & Pakistan), doing arithmatic calculation without using calculator has been normal and some could precisely do some very lengthy calcultions like that though the trend is on the decline.