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What kind of calculator is typically needed for college?

When shopping for: calculators | Posted 09/04/2009 | 2051 Views
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rocky_41102 Posted: 09/04/2009
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The type of calculator will depend on what level math class you are taking and also the specific professor!  Generally, college algebra courses will recommend or require a graphing calculator.  The TI-83 and TI-84 are made by Texas Instruments and are good overall graphing calculators.  The TI-84 plus has but runs these features:
  • Graphing calculator handles calculus, engineering, trigonometric, and financial functions
  • USB on-the-go technology for file sharing with other calculators and connecting to PCs
  • 11 apps preloaded
  • Displays graphs and tables on split screen to trace graph while scrolling through table values
  • Backed by 1-year warranty
If you are only going to be taking an introductory math class, a good option would be the Texas Instruments TI-15 Explorer Calculator.  It's inexpensive and has the basic features you would need for an intro math class at most colleges! 
  • The TI-15 Explorer combines the fraction capabilities of the Math Explorer with a two-line display, problem solving, place value and more
  • When the TI-15 Explorer is combined with traditional learning tools, it helps students explore their world through investigation and experimentation, and helps develop skills in addition, subtraction, powers, and answer format
  • Scrolling display shows 11 digits on both the top and bottom lines
  • Previous entry feature lets you review previous entries and results and look for patterns
  • Stacked fractions feature shows operations with stacked fractions or mixed numbers
  • Menus let you select the right settings for your classroom needs
  • Division: display results as quotients and ramainders, fractions, or decimals
  • Place value feature helps develop an understanding of place value
  • Problem solving feature lets you or the calculator create problems
  • Guess a solution, review hints to check your guess, then guess again
  • Many additional educational features


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TI-89 Titanium


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Introducing TI's most powerful graphing calculator: The TI-89 Titanium, offering new features, preloaded Apps, and even more versatility. A built-in USB port makes data transfer ultra-convenient. Plus, with three times the memory of the TI-89, you can store more Apps, data, and programs. The TI-89 Titanium's advanced functionality and 3-D graphing make problem-solving for AP*, advanced mathematics, and engineering courses infinitely easier. It's the most powerful TI graphing calculator allowed for use on the AP* Calculus, AP Statistics, AP Physics, AP Chemistry, PSAT/NMSQT**, SAT® I , SAT II, and Math IC & IIC exams.
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