Our archives includes equipment and apparatuses that have been used in courses to help students learn.  One of our favorite items is a giant slide rule.  Slide rules were frequently used for science and engineering equations up until schools began using the scientific calculator around 1974.

 

Here's a picture from 1943 where students are using the slide rule to solve a problem. 

 

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Here's the same slide rule used by our library students employees today. 

 

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Thanks Dylan Havemeyer, Julian Christiansen, and Ayushman Rai for posing for this picture.