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Jan3108, 04:07 PM

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I just started taking precalculus the other week, and I've now realized how useful a graphing calculator is for that class. What graphing calculators are the best? I'm looking for ones that are allowed on the SAT's and ACT's.



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Jan3108, 04:16 PM

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Virtually everything made by TI, Casio, and HP that do not have QWERTY keyboards are allowed on the SATs. Here are the College Board's requirements:
http://www.collegeboard.com/student/...tday/calc.html In truth, you don't need a very capable calculator for precal.  Warren 


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Jan3108, 04:21 PM

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When I was in high school the TI83 was the standard. Now I hear the standard is the TI83Plus or TI84 Plus. Either will be just fine. Not much difference.



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Jan3108, 04:30 PM

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Spizma, if you're going to spend the money on a nice calculator, you might as well get the nicest one that you can afford and that suits your needs, regardless of whether you can use it at the SAT. You can pick up a $10 jalopy of a calculator to get you through that. I like the HP48GX myself. 


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Jan3108, 04:58 PM

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The TI83/84(+)'s are good and can be used on the SAT. If you're thinking about taking AP exams in math or physics you might want to think about the TI89, it's more expensive but it has a CAS and can be used on the SAT, but you really don't need a calculator for the SAT at all, in fact they sort of slow you down...



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Jan3108, 05:06 PM

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The absolute best calculator is the TI89 titanium.



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Jan3108, 05:12 PM

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For school I use the Ti89 when I was in calc 13 it came in handy for checking hw problems but I wasn't allowed any calculator in any of my math classes and physic exams so it wasn't a big deal what one you had.



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Jan3108, 06:02 PM

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the TI83 is still standard I think, however more and more people have the 89. the 89 is nice as it can do symbolic integration and summation things of that nature, but its not a necessity. It would help you in college a lot, simply being able to check your integrals in calc 2, 3, and DE is a plus even though you do have to show some work on your paper.



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Jan3108, 07:07 PM

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Not to steal the thread but, I have wondered: do most college courses allow you to use calculators, mr_coffee said that he couldn't on exams, is that pretty standard?



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Jan3108, 07:09 PM

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Depends on the school, the professor, and the test. In general, your basic scientific calculator is all you need to get through most classes.
I find it humorous that everyone had $150 stateoftheart graphing calculators in precalculus class in high school, yet everyone has $10 basic scientific calculators in second year graduate engineering classes at Stanford.  Warren 


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Jan3108, 07:51 PM

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I found it very nice not using the calculator. So many people depend on calculators and totally forget everything and are helpless without one.
I did Diff Eq, Calc 13,Linear Algebra, Physics Mechanics, E&M, and quantum all without calculators and I did well in all the courses. Physics was more rough without the calculators because everything was symbolic on the exams and the homeworks did allow calculators but the exams were totally different. Some of my friends from highschool took AP calc and when they got to college calc they were screwed because in AP calc they were taught to use the calculator on the exams so they really got lazy. 


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Jan3108, 07:53 PM

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In my experience, it has not been okay to use advanced features of graphing calculators on college tests. When you're doing your homework any tools are okay (though you're generally still expected to show work) but I've found computer programs like Mathematica to be far more capable and useful for graphing or symbolic manipulation. About the only feature that I've really appreciated with the TI89 is that it has pretty good handling of units and automatic conversion... I haven't found software that works as well for that (though I haven't looked very hard).



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Jan3108, 09:19 PM

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Thanks guys for giving me some names to look at, and reminding me that I really don't need a super duper calculator that can do everything and then some yet, if ever.



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Jan3108, 09:22 PM

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btw, don't get anything new, there are lots of good used calc deals on ebay



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Jan3108, 09:49 PM

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It's kinda hard to use Google on an SAT. They frown on such things.
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lol++;



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