1. PF Contest - Win "Conquering the Physics GRE" book! Click Here to Enter
    Dismiss Notice
Dismiss Notice
Join Physics Forums Today!
The friendliest, high quality science and math community on the planet! Everyone who loves science is here!

Best Calculator

  1. Feb 18, 2008 #1


    User Avatar
    Gold Member

    Hey starting uni soon and i need to buy a calculator. The uni has given us a list of approved calculators, but i really dont know which one to go for. They have stated that they cannot be programmable or graphic calculators. Here is the list they have given us:

    http://www.ecm.uwa.edu.au/__data/page/113210/Approved_Calculators.pdf [Broken]

    At the moment price isnt an issue, so i just want to get the most powerful calculator on the list. Ive only ever used one calculator through high school so i really dont know which one to go for. Any recommendations?

    Last edited by a moderator: May 3, 2017
  2. jcsd
  3. Feb 18, 2008 #2
    I used the TI 34 in every math competition I ever participated in. Apparently according to that list there's a 36 now. They are solid scientific calculators in my book. One of those calculators on that list might be able to do complex numbers though. The TI-34 cannot to my knowledge.
  4. Feb 18, 2008 #3
    Yeah, out of that list, it looks like the TI 36X Solar is gonna be your boy. I don't see any of these calculators doing complex number arithmetic for you. The 36X has some useful constants in it and looks the most robust out of that list of calculators.

    That's crazy that they don't even let you have programmables. The kills any chance of you using an RPN calc. :p
  5. Feb 18, 2008 #4
    Last edited by a moderator: Apr 23, 2017
  6. Feb 18, 2008 #5


    User Avatar
    Gold Member

    Ive had a look at the sharp EL 506 and it does look quite good. Ive narrowed my choice down to the casio fx100ms and the sharp, but cant really decide which to go for. Anyone else have a preference?
  7. Feb 19, 2008 #6
    I have the Casio FX-115. You can do just about anything you want on it... even evaluate integrals, derivatives, matrices, stat functions, etc. Its just a matter of wanting to learn how to use all the different functions.
Know someone interested in this topic? Share this thread via Reddit, Google+, Twitter, or Facebook