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What is the best calculator?by Legendofdeep
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Mar2811, 04:55 PM

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I am currently a junior in high school. I have a TI84 plus silver edition. My parents are letting me give my old calculator, the TI84, to my sister and let me buy a new calculator. What would be the best calculator to get? I am planning to be an engineer and need a calculator that is approved on standardized tests.



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Mar2811, 05:06 PM

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What do you need it for? Many tests allow only scientific calculators, not graphing ones. However, if you're planning to take calculus or statistics, you definitely need a graphing calculator. I'd say the TI83 and TI84 are both good because they're the most common. You definitely don't want a calculator that nobody else has, or else you'll spent all of class trying to figure it out like I did last year.



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Mar2811, 05:09 PM

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What is the best calculator?
I'm really a big fan of the under $10 solarcell type (with trig functions). Buy a few of these, and keep them in various places around the house, in the office, etc. Of course, I'm the type to misplace such things as keys, cellphones, etc. (and drop expensive cellphones). I do still have my TIsomething highschool/college calculator somewhere in my office, but it has a solvent "burn hole" from organic chem.
I know at least one person online here who will likely point you to a slide rule. 


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Mar2811, 05:26 PM

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Mar2811, 05:40 PM

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I'm thinking about getting the TIInspire? Does anyone have it or used it before.



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Mar2811, 05:51 PM

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Please note there are a lot of threads about calculators in the Computing & Technology forum, where this thread has been moved.



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Apr611, 09:07 AM

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http://www.vroomlab.com/nhome on 1st page, click on the calculator image to get access without login in. it works with computer, ipad, smartphomes. 


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Apr611, 09:19 AM

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I say get yourself a CASIO scientific calculator. You can use it on all the tests you need to. Graphing calculators are sweet, but in university calculus we weren't allowed to use calculators at all. but yeah, I love the CASIO.



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Apr611, 02:56 PM

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Do you have a strong preference for where you will attend Uni, and for what courses you want? If so, contact the engineering school and ask for their guidelines, so you'll know what calculators are allowable for tests. Your current TI84 might be the most advanced calculator allowed, so you wouldn't benefit from an upgrade unless the school loosened their rules. You have plenty of time... Good luck!



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Apr611, 04:43 PM

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Graphing calculators are allowed on the SATs. Do all colleges forbid graphing calculators on tests?



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Apr611, 04:45 PM

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It depends on the school, I think. Where I am, the math and physics departments don't allow calculators of any kind (physics exams are symbolic, math exams have contrived numbers such that calculations are easy), the chemistry department only allows scientific calculators, and the engineering department allows all calculators.



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Apr611, 05:02 PM

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Where I come from; mathematics is all symbolic, no calculators; physics has some calculation involved, we are allowed a TI30X, after, we can use whatever with some exceptions (like no calculators on tests). I'm not sure about engineering, I know in first year they use TI30X's too, but I'm not sure of any year after.



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