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Abstract

The common spreadsheet is an excellent tool for students in a first course in numerical methods. It makes it easy to construct illustrative examples, to experiment with them, and to plot results in graphi-cal form. For the students in a class in numerical methods who are majoring in a subject other than computer science (e.g., physics, engineering, or economics, spreadsheets offer an attractive alternative to conventional programming that allows ready experimentation with numerical algorithms. All stu-dents, in fact, no matter what their major, seem to appreciate the immediate display of results that spreadsheets allow.

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