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Which calculator for AP Statistics?

leadlolleadlol Registered User Posts: 494 Member
edited July 2010 in AP Tests Preparation
Hey guys, I'm having trouble picking out a good calculator for AP Statistics. Help me out, please?
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Replies to: Which calculator for AP Statistics?

  • agentunderfire38agentunderfire38 Registered User Posts: 499 Member
    I would use a TI-84 Plus. It is fairly simple to use for the stats applications.
  • sara12sara12 Registered User Posts: 765 Member
    I would get a TI Nspire. Yeah, they cost like $25 more, but it's so worth it. You get a TI 84 keypad, and all the operations for Stats are really easy to access.
  • 082349082349 Registered User Posts: 2,228 Senior Member
    I use a TI-84 Plus SE. It's good.
  • PigglePiggle Registered User Posts: 244 Junior Member
    All you need is a TI-84 Plus.
  • jerrry4445jerrry4445 Registered User Posts: 2,741 Senior Member
    TI-84 is better for AP Stats since it was made for Statistics.
  • leadlolleadlol Registered User Posts: 494 Member
    Okay, guys. I'll get a TI-84. But which one do I get? Plus, or Plus Silver Edition? What's the difference between the two?
  • 12537291253729 Registered User Posts: 1,026 Senior Member
    Wait no don't do that. Consider getting a TI-89 Titanium. It's only like 20 dollars more and it has a Computer Algebra System (it can solve all kinds of equations and even do calculus). For statistics, these functions come in handy just one or two times. But on other things like the SAT, SAT Math Subject tests, they are invaluable. The calculator has a bit of a learning curve, but after like a month it is a lot easier to use than an 84 and I think it has a much better user interface.

    EDIT: I swear by my TI-89. Not only was it great for AP Stats which I took last year, I credit it with getting me my 800 on the SAT Math II Subject Test. It was the third subject test I was taking that day, and to be honest, I can't remember ANYTHING from that test; I was tired as all hell. I just plugged it into my 89 and bubbled in the answer the 89 spit out. Without the 89, I honestly think I would have gotten a 500 or something.
  • AznCo0Co0AznCo0Co0 Registered User Posts: 192 Junior Member
    TI-89 ALL THE WAY! For any math or science courses.
    AP Tests I used my calculator: Stats, Calc BC, Chem. With my 89's help, I got 5 on all of them. Especially for Calc BC, I probably wouldn't have gotten a 5 without my TI-89. I swear, it's the awesomest calculator. I cried when someone stole my first 89 from me =[
    My TI-89 also definitely helped me get a 800 on Math II.

    Now for stats specific stuff, you might feel left out when you are learning about how to use your calculator in class. If you aren't lazy, just read the manual on the statistics portion and it's all there. It's a lot more convenient with a TI-89 and the format looks better. I used TI-84 for half a year (because I felt left out and was too lazy to read the manual, which I later regretted), and when I switched to using my 89 again, I loved it.
  • 12537291253729 Registered User Posts: 1,026 Senior Member
    ^The book my class used for Statistics (The Practice of Statistics by Yates) had the step-by-step instructions on how to work both the 89 and 84 side-by-side. Only thing that was annoying was the stats regressions would give me a domain error unless I had the calc set to approximate mode. After I figured out that tid bit, the 89 was perfect.
  • 314159265314159265 Registered User Posts: 4,276 Senior Member
    The TI-84 Plus Silver Edition has more memory space than the TI-84 Plus.

    I haven't taken AP Stats yet (so I can't recommend calculators specifically for Stats), but I must say that the TI-89 is amazing, once you figure out how to access the functions. My TI-89 deserves a lot of credit for my 800 on the Math II exam (though that's a bit off topic). Either way, I think both calculators would be fine; just pick one and learn how to use it.
  • 082349082349 Registered User Posts: 2,228 Senior Member
    If you happen to get a TI-84, I would not recommend a TI-84 SE. You pay more for an insignificant (IMO) addition of memory space.
  • TonyBallioniTonyBallioni Registered User Posts: 383 Member
    For AP Stats, you don't need the TI-89. In fact, you don't even need the TI-84. The TI-83 has almost thee exact same features as the 84, and is about $20 cheaper. The onlu difference is the memory in the TI-84 is better, and the 84 has a chi-square GOF pre-installed. Neither of these are big issues, and if you really want the GOF program, you can download it from someone else, or copy the program out of your stats book.
  • byuboundbyubound Registered User Posts: 1,327 Senior Member
    I got by with a TI-83.
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