I met with some of the teachers on the freshman team yesterday to talk about some of the problems students were having with spreadsheets and formulas.
The solution we have come up with is the program OpenOffice, which is a free download. http://www.openoffice.org/
After you download it please drag the application to your documents folder, NOT the applications folder. If you get a message saying it needs authentication, it means you ave dragged to the applications. Try again.
When you are asked to register, choose Don’t ever register.
Open Office has a functions tool in it that works like Equation Editor. The way to use it is Insert > Function. It puts the function right in to the Text document.
There are also free templates you can download at http://templates.services.openoffice.org/?intcmp=2483
Open Office is a free, cross platform download that runs on Mac, Windows, and Linux. If you have a machine at home that doesn’t have Microsoft Office, this is a great solution.