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Computer vs. CBL

Two Probeware Systems Compared


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The following chart summarizes the advantages and disadvantages of the two probeware systems.

. . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . Computer (PC or Mac) . . . . . .Calculator (TI 82/83+CBL)

Experiment Set Up . . .Same . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Same

Set Up (Operations) . . Advantage-few steps . . . . . . . .Disadvantage-many steps

Probe Calibration . . . . Same . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Same

Data Collection . . . . . . Same . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Same

Data Manipulation (Spread Sheet) Same . . . . . . . . . . . Same

Graph . . . . . . . . . . . . . Advantage-clear . . . . . . . . . . . Disadvantage-hard to label

Data Analysis Potential . Same . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Same

Storing Data . . . . . . . . . Advantage-unlimited . . . . . . . . Disadvantage-very limited

Hard Copy . . . . . . . . . . Advantage-simply print . . . . . . Computer/Printer: Required

Mobility-Field Work . . . Disadvantage-Laptop Req. . . . Advantage-completely mobile

Cost . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Disadvantage >$2000. . . . . . . Advantage $400: Calc.+CBL


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