I'm thinking about buying a graphing calculator and was wondering what this wonderfull forum thought about different types of calculators. I haven't done much research into these, but I want a flexible calculator capable of doing alot... Any suggestions?
Well, the two most popular are the: Texas Instraments (TI) 83 or the Texas Instraments (TI) 89 Both are terrific, and are the recomended standards most many high schools and universities.
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9th December 2003
Sumguy21I'm thinking about buying a graphing calculator and was wondering what this wonderfull forum thought about different types of calculators. I haven't done much research into these, but I want a flexible calculator capable of doing alot... Any suggestions?
It depends exactly what you want to do with it. At highschool I used a Texas Instraments (TI) 83 thouh and it was a fine calculator with a lot of features. An other well known branch is Casio.
However for more solid advice you miht wish to head down to an electronics shop and ask the staff for advice (not your random highschool student working there but a more "experienced" staffer ofcourse).
What will a 14 year old do with a graphic calculator? Is it required on your school level?
I had a Casio when I had to use it. Dunno which specific designation.
I have a TI-86 and it has been good enough for me, a lot better than the cheap Casio I had before and still have somewhere, but slower to type with due to the design. One with symbolic solving capabilities would be nice, but they are pretty expensive, and still usually forbidden in many tests etc.
Basically pick one that fits your needs, browse websites to see what they are meant for and their functions and memory capacity etc, or just ask in a shop in case they'd know. Try it before you buy too so you can get an idea if you'll ever learn to use it, my TI-86 has a problem with being difficult to use, I usually forget the menus and amounts of clicks needed to get somewhere after a couple of months and it takes a while to learn them again...
EDIT: http://education.ti.com/downloads/pdf/us/graphing.pdf That pdf shows the capabilities of the different Texas instruments calculators, and based on that I'd pick at least a TI-86, the TI-83 is a bit worse, and perhaps a TI-89 if it isn't too expensive.
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I'd love to do e.g. matrices on one... :rofl:
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28th November 2003
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TI 83 works all the way to university
Well, it works, but you can't fit as many games on a memory that small... Actually I haven't yet needed the functions of my calculator as much in university than in school, that's pretty odd.
GauntletWhat will a 14 year old do with a graphic calculator? Is it required on your school level?
I had to have one at the school I go to when I was that age. The TI83 is the one I use, and i've never had a problem with it. It's actually then one my school reccommends for us, so that's why I got it.
The TI-89, although nice, is very difficult to use and can't be used on some tests. The -86 is very...different...compared to the 83/84s. It really depends on what your school requires. If it requires a TI-83, I would get the 84+ or Silver Edition because they are much nicer (faster and more memory.) Otherwise, get what your school requires. Plus, on the 83 and 84, they have a very easy to learn yet powerful BASIC programming language.