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# Class02 - GEEN 1300 Introduction to Engineering Computing Class meeting#2 Wednesday Aug 25th Announcements Introduction to Spreadsheet Problem

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1 GEEN 1300 Introduction to Engineering Computing Class meeting #2 Wednesday, Aug. 25 th Introduction to Spreadsheet Problem Solving Historical perspective Announcements 1 Excel fundamentals Overview of Excel coverage Homework #1, posted on CULearn, due next Wednesday Announcements Homework #1 assigned, posted on CULearn, Always bring your clicker to class. Always bring your text and USB drive to lab. due at the beginning of class next Wednesday Engineering paper required for written work. Space out your work, use words to describe what you're doing, staple upper left Put your name on all work you hand in 2 Put your name on all work you hand in. Put your lab/recitation number on all work you hand in. If that number is missing or wrong, points will be deducted

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2 Historical perspective Bricklin & Frankston: VisiCalc & the Apple IIe late 70s Kapor & Sachs: Lotus 1-2-3 and the IBM PC early 80s The “also-rans: Multiplan, Supercalc, Wingz, etc. mid 80s The competitive era: Quattro Pro & Excel emerge late 80s The end of competition: Excel 5.0 & VBA 93 - 94 Excel 95 3 Excel 97 [with major changes in VBA] Excel 2000 Excel 2002 (Office XP) Excel 2003 (2004 on Mac) Excel 2007 (2008 on Mac, no VBA) Spreadsheet use by engineers & scientists Early skepticism of a tool that was developed primarily for business applications Wide use in industry by the mid-80s In the 90s, evolved to most commonly used problem-solving tool for professionals Many academics still skeptical since they do mostly larger-scale scientific computing. 4 For the engineer, knowledge and skills of spreadsheets are essential to survival Large demand for spreadsheet training among professionals
3 Spreadsheets in engineering education In most universities, spreadsheets are not taught and students have to pick up the skills on the side At CU, spreadsheets introduced in GEEN 1300 beginning the late 80s – 3 weeks at end of course Spreadsheets move to center stage in GEEN 1300 in Fall 2000 semester, including VBA programming A number of other universities teach use of 5

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Class02 - GEEN 1300 Introduction to Engineering Computing Class meeting#2 Wednesday Aug 25th Announcements Introduction to Spreadsheet Problem

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