# Compute This_

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```					       Compute This!
Anthony Kendall
Cheryl Kendall
kendal30@msu.edu
http://www.msu.edu/~kendal30/computethis.html
Compute This! Motivation
   Computers are pervasive in today’s
worlds
   Most of next generation of discoveries
will be too complex for humans alone
   Must understand the capabilities and
limitations of computers
   Compute This: Problem Solving using
computers
Competition Goals
   Evaluate students on basic technical
computer skills
 Using the Internet to find information
 Evaluating if that information answers
specific questions
 Data manipulation and presentation

   Evaluated by how well they use tools
to solve problems
Use of World Wide Web

   Recognize and Critically evaluate source of
information
   Proper citation of URLs
   Effective Searching - use of keywords
   Event will be limited to NOAA.gov domain
   This is a BIG website
   Can find many similar types of data, but not all
Data Manipulation

   Manual Import of Data to a
   Enter values into cells, or copy and
paste
   Proper arrangement of data for
presentation and calculation
   Using formulas
 Converting units (basic arithmetic)
 Cell operations: summation, averaging
Data Presentation

   Understand Basic Graph Types
 Bar, Line, Pie
 Scatter Plot (C Division only)

   Use Appropriate Graph for Data
   Fully Label the Graph
   Title, Axes, Legend
   Use appropriate colors
   Easy to read and interpret

   Formatting Should be Neat
   Careful of HTML frames from websites
   Uniform Font
   Both Size and Style
   Clear indication of question numbers
and responses
Resources

   Compute This! Web Space
   http://www.msu.edu/~kendal30/computethis.html
   Links to several previous exams from 2003,
2005, 2006, and 2009
   Workshop presentation
   Event Rules
   Answers to submitted questions from coaches
will be posted
   kendal30@msu.edu
How To Practice

site:
   http://www.msu.edu/~kendal30/computethis.html
   http://www.soinc.org/compute_this_b
   Be familiar with spreadsheet and
document applications
   the test will be much harder if these
programs are not familiar to the student!
Programs

   Event rules specify a web-based
solution
   We will likely be using Google Docs
   Not a final decision yet
   We will finalize the application set and
post this to the website soon
How To Help Students
   Emphasize:
   Problem Solving
   Test-taking
   The exam will be longer than most teams can
complete
 Using internet search tools
 Formatting/Presentation
document programs
Thank You!
   ANY QUESTIONS?

   Website:
www.msu.edu/~kendal30/computethis.html

   E-mail: kendal30@msu.edu

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