Using precalculus to write a TI-84 program
I am in a precalculus class, and I am attempting to do a project on practical application.
The majority of students use the TI-84 for various math courses. They are also available in the library to rent. Unfortunately, few students take the time to actually use this wonderful tool. I would like to create a web-type video that can be posted on the course's forums, giving a demonstration on creating simple TI-84 programs that could be used to make life a little easier. Take a concept out of the book, and demonstrate the practical use.
Most of my hobby activity involves electronics of some sort. I have a bad habit of explaining things far too technically. I have difficulty explaining things in simple terms. My goal with this project is to learn how to explain concepts in terms others can understand, and possibly to help someone else learn.
After many scrapped ideas and half written programs, I was thinking of writing a simple program that calculated the maximum number of lightbulbs that could be safely connected to a 15 Amp breaker. I suppose it would be easy enough to allow the rating of the breaker to be a variable, but first things first. Don't want to get too advanced before I have a clear working model.
Can anyone suggest another role that functions play in our every day electrical/electronic life?