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Best Casio graphing calc. For math 2

AnarchistHudaAnarchistHuda Posts: 131Registered User Junior Member
Where I live, HP & TI are just nonexistent.
So I'm stuck with Casio. Can you recommend a model for me??
I will be basically using it just for math 2. So I don't need any features beyond what's covered there.
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Replies to: Best Casio graphing calc. For math 2

  • AnarchistHudaAnarchistHuda Posts: 131Registered User Junior Member
  • rspencerspence Posts: 2,118Registered User Senior Member
    You don't need a super fancy/expensive calculator for Math II. A calculator that can evaluate trig and log functions should be enough (e.g. a scientific calculator).

    When I took Math II there was a problem where we had to construct a linear regression, which graphing calculators can do, but not scientific. Thing is, the answer could've easily been guessed from the answer choices.

    So you may not need a graphing calculator for math II, but ultimately you decide how much you want to spend, etc. A graphing calculator will definitely help in the long run if you take calculus, statistics, or other subjects. Unfortunately I don't know much about Casios (I use a TI-NSpire).
  • AnarchistHudaAnarchistHuda Posts: 131Registered User Junior Member
    Well, I don't know. I have been going through Barron's SAT math, and it seems like there are five/six questions per test that absolutely require a graphing calculator..& of course I will need it later. I plan on majoring in engineering.
  • rspencerspence Posts: 2,118Registered User Senior Member
    Yes, a graphing calculator comes in handy when you take more advanced subjects. You may simply wish to get one now.

    I personally prefer TI's over Casio, but that's only my opinion and you can choose to get whatever you wish. But how limited are you to Casio? Are you able to buy online?
  • AnarchistHudaAnarchistHuda Posts: 131Registered User Junior Member
    Well, most online stores will not ship to my country, and even if I found one that does, my shipment will never arrive in time for December SAT.. I know TI is better, but this is what I have to work with :/
    What features do I need most, tho??
  • rspencerspence Posts: 2,118Registered User Senior Member
    Ah okay, I understand.

    You'll likely want to use trig and log functions, graphing capability, and occasionally linear/quadratic regressions. Graphing calculators can do the last two, but scientific calculators won't.
  • gcf101gcf101 Posts: 2,214Super Moderator Senior Member
    I love my Casio fx-9860G Slim. There are newer models: Graphic Models - Scientific Calculators - Calculators - CASIO.
    Just make sure you have enough time to master the basics (graphing, tracing, solving...).
    Both fx-9750GII and fx-9860GII have very good reviews on Amazon.

    I would not worry about regression questions - they are too time consuming, and I just skip them; besides, they seldom show on the SAT Math II.
  • horrace95horrace95 Posts: 81Registered User Junior Member
    Hey guys, I'm giving maths II in december also. I can't find anyone to borrow a graphing calculator from, is it worth it to order a casio fx 9860 gII for 54 usd? The other ones were way too expensive for me
  • AnarchistHudaAnarchistHuda Posts: 131Registered User Junior Member
    Well..typically there will be around 5 questions that absolutely require a graphing calculator.
    You could either use your imagination and eliminate some choices, or you could buy a graphing calculator.
    Thank you guys for the suggestions, tho, that was really helpful :)
  • rspencerspence Posts: 2,118Registered User Senior Member
    I saw some math II questions, I don't think any of them *absolutely* require a calculator (i.e. they can all be solved without a calculator given enough time), but some questions a calculator can be quite useful.
  • semaphore12semaphore12 Posts: 513Registered User Member
    Math II questions can all be easily done with a scientific/4 function calculator.
    Anything that requires a graphing calculator can be done by guess and check/plugging-in numbers.

    You could also just order a TI online or something.
  • rspencerspence Posts: 2,118Registered User Senior Member
    ^I think I used my calculator for maybe, 5 or 6 questions, and got an 800.
  • AnarchistHudaAnarchistHuda Posts: 131Registered User Junior Member
    Rspence, you are referring to a graphing calculator?
  • rspencerspence Posts: 2,118Registered User Senior Member
    ^Yes. I use a TI-NSpire.
  • AnarchistHudaAnarchistHuda Posts: 131Registered User Junior Member
    Just for the record, I purchased the fx-9860 G2, and it's working great!!
    Easy to use, includes all the stuff I needed, and more.
    Thanks for the recommendation.
    You guys rock!!
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