My students need a class set of calculators for mathematical application in chemistry.
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How many grams of oxygen do you need to react 20 liters of methane? Chemistry involves a lot of math, and a class set of calculators would support their learning.
My students know they want to go to college, and they have selected this school because of our reputation for helping them achieve that.
We serve a population that is predominantly socioeconomically disadvantaged (over 90%) and minority (95% Hispanic), but we give them wrap around support. The district average for high school graduation is 85.5, but our rate is over 90% because of the dedication and love that I and other staff members have.
Calculators do not enable students to solve problems; they only allow students to solve them faster. This year, I will be teaching my students chemistry, and I want them to be able to focus on the concepts rather than be bogged down by the math. A class set of calculators would reduce the number of calculation errors and free them of the burden of computation so they can enjoy learning the science.
I had these students last year for biology, and I know they were scared of chemistry because of the math.
If I can alleviate some of that fear by providing them with calculators, then I absolutely will.
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