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# 'YOU DO THE MATH' calculator

A calculator to get kids learning maths.
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The kid can enter a sum on the calculator, but whenever the '=' button is pressed, the calculator displays 'YOU DO THE MATH' as opposed to the answer. The kid then has to do the maths themselves.
 — nickandtom, Mar 03 2009

Would definitely piss these kids off! http://www.hulu.com...ght-live-calculator
[daseva, Mar 03 2009]

Then it shocks them? And tells them to brush their teeth before bed? And then dispenses a small snack to comfort their bruised developing ego? I'm just trying to help.
 — daseva, Mar 03 2009

It could say "YOU DO IT" only when a particularly easy sum or product is entered. Or, to avoid nagging, just respond, "TOO EASY".
 — phundug, Mar 03 2009

there has to be some positve reinforcement, whenever they type in the correct answer to a new problem.
 — loonquawl, Mar 03 2009

 How about a calculator which sometimes gives blatantly incorrect results, such as, 12+7 = 500. Kids should then press the "CALL BLUFF" button, and be given points.

Maybe that way we can grow a generation who know financial twaddle when they see it.
 — placid_turmoil, Mar 03 2009

I think it should have a clicky dial to adjust the difficulty before it bails out. Calculations are timed, then below a certain time period, it doesn't display the result.
 — nineteenthly, Mar 03 2009

I Laughed! +
 — blissmiss, Mar 03 2009

What's the point [21 Quest] you say? YOU DO THE MATH!
 — blissmiss, Mar 03 2009

I think Casio have already thought of that one: I type in 4 x Pi =, and the answer is: 4Pi. Absolutely brilliant! Then I type in ANS/5 = and the answer is 4Pi/5. It actually goes on like this for quite some time, until I swear and press R-P or something similar and then it succumbs and gives me the answer in decimal.
 — Ling, Mar 04 2009

What about a calculator that will only do any calculation once. If you happen to reenter the same equation a few years later, it just says "YOU DID THE MATH!" This forces the student to pay attention to the output, not just copy it onto the answer sheet.
 — phundug, Mar 04 2009

Well, that's just stupid.
 — daseva, Mar 04 2009

How about a twenty grand car that simply plays the message "get out and walk" through a speaker and sits there on your driveway?
 — Bad Jim, Mar 04 2009

[Ling], to her considerable chagrin, my daughter owns that calculator. She won't touch it with a bargepole.
 — nineteenthly, Mar 04 2009

I'm rather partial to my HP48's favorite error: "Too Few Arguments"
 — lurch, Mar 06 2009

I did something like that. I made a program on my graphing calculator so that when somebody asks me to borrow it, the only answer they get is "ERROR: INPUT." Some people try and redo the input...again, and again, and again (until, after try #5, the calculator says "ERROR:I WOULD PREFER NOT TO."
 — plasticspoon, Mar 06 2009

were you my calc 1 teacher? sounds familiar
 — redpandainventor, Mar 06 2009

<need it>
 — 2 fries shy of a happy meal, Mar 06 2009

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