work function


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Tiffanny_Carranza_2D
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work function

Postby Tiffanny_Carranza_2D » Wed Oct 14, 2020 10:55 am

for work function problems how do we do the math? do we just use a calculator for problems like this? (6.626x10^-34)(3x10^8)/3.61x10^-19

Aydin Karatas 1F
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Re: work function

Postby Aydin Karatas 1F » Wed Oct 14, 2020 11:05 am

I used a calculator for these problems. If you really wanted to, you could use exponent properties (multiplication adds the exponents of 10 and division subtracts the exponents of 10) to figure out to what power 10 will be raised to in your head. But for the other numbers, I'd use a calculator.

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Re: work function

Postby Kat Stahl 2K » Wed Oct 14, 2020 11:14 am

I would definitely use my calculator when I do problems like that. Make sure to use parentheses and I think you should be set!

Ann Cosico 2H
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Re: work function

Postby Ann Cosico 2H » Wed Oct 14, 2020 8:06 pm

Yeah! Scientific calculators are especially helpful. Parentheses also help a lot by keeping things organized and separating the different numbers :)

Nandhini Ekambaram 1L
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Re: work function

Postby Nandhini Ekambaram 1L » Wed Oct 14, 2020 8:26 pm

I agree with everyone else! I would use a scientific/graphing calculator for those problems. I would also add parentheses to the numerator and denominator just to be sure the calculator understands the function.

YUNALEE
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Re: work function

Postby YUNALEE » Wed Oct 14, 2020 9:27 pm

and make sure to do the whole function at once instead of in steps! Another student and I did it in steps and it gave us a wrong output.

SophiaBarden 2E
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Re: work function

Postby SophiaBarden 2E » Thu Oct 15, 2020 12:08 am

Doing all the steps together (using parenthesis to separate and organize the problem) on a scientific calculator is ideal! And remember to not round your answers until the very end. You may find that with a phone calculator, it is much harder to keep track of complex equations, and often is not as accurate due to rounding error with each step!

Xinying Wang_3C
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Re: work function

Postby Xinying Wang_3C » Thu Oct 15, 2020 1:10 am

Yeah, I think a scientific calculator is definitely necessary for problems like this, and just remember to pay extra attention to negatives, decimal places, etc, when plugging in the numbers.

Shalyn Kelly 3H
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Re: work function

Postby Shalyn Kelly 3H » Thu Oct 15, 2020 7:47 pm

Hi! I definitely agree with everyone that a graphing/scientific calculator will definitely be handy. Other than paying close attention to what you put into the calculator (so you don't mistake a number or miss a button), Lavelle suggested that we should try and predict - understandably harder for these kinds of equations - what the outcome will be. This way, if you miss something, it will hopefully be kind of obvious and you can try again/review your input.

Praneetha Kakarla 3A
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Re: work function

Postby Praneetha Kakarla 3A » Thu Oct 15, 2020 7:58 pm

Definitely use a calculator, but also check that your result makes sense (to make sure you didn't click any wrong buttons or anything like that)! It really helps prevent careless mistakes :)

Kevin Pilcher 3J
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Re: work function

Postby Kevin Pilcher 3J » Thu Oct 15, 2020 9:21 pm

Yes, you should 100% use a calculator. A key thing that most people forget is parenthesis so don't forget!

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Re: work function

Postby Brenda Silva 1B » Thu Oct 15, 2020 10:12 pm

Yes, you should used a scientific or graphing calculator to solve those problems. In order to get an accurate result try putting the entire problem in the calculator and use parenthesis correctly. It is important to place the parenthesis in the correct place, to avoid getting the wrong result.

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Re: work function

Postby Talia Dini - 3I » Fri Oct 16, 2020 12:54 am

Yes, I would definitely use a calculator for problems like that! Please keep in mind that it is extremely important to use parentheses when you are solving those types of problems. It will help you get an accurate result!!

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Re: work function

Postby Violet Kwan 3H » Fri Oct 16, 2020 2:11 am

Yes, I would use a calculator too! Definitely would not do by hand because there's too much room for error and would take too long.

Lorraine Medina 3E
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Re: work function

Postby Lorraine Medina 3E » Sat Oct 17, 2020 7:11 pm

I would use a calculator for sure! You could do it by hand for sure, but of course using the calculator saves so much more time, especially if it were on a midterm or final. Don't forget to check your parentheses when inputting the equation!

Chudi Onyedika 3A
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Re: work function

Postby Chudi Onyedika 3A » Sat Oct 17, 2020 9:25 pm

I would recommend using a calculator. It is important to remember converting between appropriate units when doing so.


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