Thursday, October 25, 2012

Using Ordinary Notebook Paper Day 9: Engineering Paper Upgrade

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Today's notebook paper topic is: Another Close Relative- Engineering Computation Paper. Once again departing from the purest approach, I thought it might be enlightening and entertaining to fill you in on "engineering computation paper". We started using this with our oldest son when he started getting more advanced in math. Not because he needs engineering paper, but because we thought it would help him to treat it more seriously. In short, it's a motivational tool.

What's engineering computation paper? I knew you'd ask! It's a yellow shaded paper with a blank front and a graph paper back. The paper is light enough that the graphing lines on the back are noticeable on the front. So you can use them there as well. The margins are specific and the top has sections for properly labeling the assignment. Apparently, there is a format for engineers to use it and Dan knows how it's done. He taught E14.

As you can see, we are Life of Fred users and our text right now for ninth grade is Advanced Algebra. Engineering Paper is the notebook paper of choice for our advanced math students. It comes in handy when you have to graph lines, for example. It also makes your math look complex. Even simple addition looks amazing on engineering paper. What's not to love?

In fact, it might make a great motivational tool for J7 who considers himself an engineer already. He wants to skip formal math and go right to tinkering and solving issues. I think I'll put the paper to the test tomorrow!

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Anonymous said...

I'm enjoying this series, no surprise since I always enjoy your blog! I'm not sure I could change to ordinary notepaper, I'm a notebooker through and through! Something struck me on one of your posts (not even sure if it was this series) about not taking more time to plan than you teach. You are now the voice in my head telling me to 'stop already!' I'm not sure I ever obey it, but I thought you might like to know it's there!! I've been checking your blog almost daily for the last three years- love it! Keep up the good work!

Heather said...

Thank you for reading!

Yes, it was this series that I mentioned that, but I do say it often.

If it takes you longer to prepare than it does for your kids to do...rethink your process!


Phyllis said...

Engineering paper sounds pretty expensive. Is it that much better than regular graph paper, which is much cheaper?

Heather said...

Well the grid is not fully on the front side so you can calculate without all the extra lines.

We don't use tons of it, but I get it locally not on Amazon. I just wanted to provide a link and didn't really look at the price.

We pay maybe $2-$3 per pad which has about 200 sheets. We buy it at the local university bookstore. Ok my husband does.

I'll check for a better price. I snagged one brand, but there were many available.

Heather said...

Here's another one Phyllis: