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what is the different between TI-86 and TI-84 plus silver

nouvonoznouvonoz Registered User Posts: 12 New Member
edited August 2006 in College Life
i m taking plane trigonometry, and in the classes schedule book, it says that the TI-85/86 will be used, but i have a question that could i use the TI-84 plus silver for my class and what is the different between TI-86 and TI-84 plus silver ?
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Replies to: what is the different between TI-86 and TI-84 plus silver

  • MacTech92MacTech92 Registered User Posts: 759 Member
    Years ago, there were two calculators--the TI-82 and TI-85.

    The TI-82 was the lesser of the two. It evolved into the TI-83, TI-83 Plus, and more recently the TI-84 series (plus, silver, etc).

    The TI-85 was a more advanced calculator with more advanced functions. It was eventually replaced by the TI-86.

    These have always been two seperate calculators. The TI-84 is essentially a TI-83 Plus in a new case with more RAM and a few new features. The TI-86 is a higher powered machine that will always do more than a TI-84 no matter how plus or silver you can get it.

    So the answer to your question is...no. You want a TI-86 (or a used TI-85).

    Plane trig sounds to me like it will need more than a TI-84 will provide, but don't take my word for that (I've never taken plane trig and probably never will).
  • virtuoso_735virtuoso_735 Registered User Posts: 1,876 Senior Member
    So a TI-85 is better than a TI-83 and TI-84?
  • nouvonoznouvonoz Registered User Posts: 12 New Member
    dang, so i need a TI-86 which is more expensive T_T. I m so broken. .. . . . . .
  • pikasopikaso Registered User Posts: 128 Junior Member
    maybe you should go ask your professor about that...
    I personally think an TI-84 Silver works completely fine... I've taken AP Calculus with an TI-84 and it didn't slow me donw or anything.
    but again, maybe the professor knows better or just look for an upper class student who have taken the same class you are currently taking...
  • MacTech92MacTech92 Registered User Posts: 759 Member
    Don't forget that textbooks sometimes are set up to one particular calculator. I used a TI-89 for stats and had to translate everything into terms for it since the book (Triola's text) was set up for a TI-83. (That text is one of my personal favorites, by the way).
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