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RHIT - Department of Mathematics
Calculator/Computer use - general policy
Mathematics with and without calculators/computers:
To be an effective
user of mathematics one must completely master the basic fundamental mathematics:
algebra, trigonometry, solving linear and quadratic equations, simple derivatives,
integrals, differential equations and systems of equations. The mastery is required
to develop mathematics intuition, understand concept development, and the solution
of simple problems as presented in a text or a classroom demonstration. On the
other hand, the computer and/or calculator greatly enhance visualization and
computation for more difficult and lengthy problems. Students need to develop
facility at both. Therefore, the following two aspects of mathematics courses
are considered to be part of the fundamental nature of the basic freshman and
sophomore courses at Rose-Hulman:
- continuing development and demonstration of basic mathematical computation
and concepts in written form, i.e., paper and pencil only,
- development of and demonstration of the ability to use the computer and/or
calculator for routine and advanced computation, visualization, advanced
modeling, and problem solving.
Each professor will implement these in somewhat different ways in their classes,
but students should expect that there will be assignments, quizzes, tests, and
exams in both formats. In particular there is a specific final exam policy in
place for the basic math sequence in which a combination of the formats are used
(see link below).
- The mathematics department has no recommendation on a specific type of
calculator to use, nor does it offer any instruction on the use of a calculator.
It is expected that the student will have mastered the use of a calculator --typically a graphing caluclator --
in high school. When needed, a student should use a calculator that they
are comfortable with, for instance the type of calculator they used in high
school. Most students bring their high school calculator or some upgrade.
- The professor of the course will determine when calculator use is permitted
or not following the principles outlined above.
Please refer to the more extensive computer
use policy document
Tests and Final Exams
Please refer to the final