With great power comes great responsibility, and it turns out that the power of a scientific calculator was too much power for most kids to handle. For many of you, preparing for an algebra test meant staying up an extra hour and programming some formulas into your calculator. For some tests, you would spend more time prepping your magic calculator than actually studying. Often, all of your work would be ruined when you savvy teacher made the rounds and erased everyone's calculators as they handed out tests. The truly clever among you would scribble notes on the case as a back-up. Advanced math was often more about a Darwinian approach to cheating than it was about actually learning how to do math.
Cheating with a Scientific Calculator