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SCUBA Diving: An example of where some math common sense can go a long way!


Jennifer Blue
Union College

April 12, 2010
4:30 pm
Bailey Hall 207

Refreshments will be served at 4:15 in Bailey Hall 204


SCUBA diving as a recreational sport can be done with a little or a lot of math. The casual diver does not need to worry much about the science if diving. But having some knowledge of the math, chemistry, and physics of SCUBA diving can save a dive, a day, or even a life. Many divers are like today's math students. Today's math student relies on a calculator, often to the extent that they are unable to work a problem on pencil and paper should they need the answer and technology not be available. Also, many math students today blindly believe the results given by a calculator and have no math sense as to whether the answer given could be wrong (keying error or set-up error). In the past two years, PADI has discontinued its use of teaching new divers how to use dive tables. Instead, PADI only teaches students to rely on dive computers or the eRDP. I shall present here how that lack of math sense/basics can be costly.

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