When handheld calculators capable of performing logarithmic and trigonometric functions became widely available in the 1970s, few could foresee the far-reaching effects this development would have on the way the world performs its calculations. The explosive growth of the calculator market forced the largest producer of slide rules to abandon the product line in 1975 (Redin, 2000). Despite the demise of the slide rule, educators in math, science and engineering fought the trend. Many educators did not quit teaching the slide rule until it became impossible for students to gain access to the outdated relics in the late 1970s.
This article is from the Accounting Instructors’ Report, an electronic journal that provides teaching tips and insights to those who teach accounting and other business courses.
Sheldon Smith, Utah Valley State College
Rich Henage, Utah Valley State College
Steve Johnson, Utah Valley State College