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Graphing Calculator

gusmom2000gusmom2000 Registered User Posts: 256 Junior Member
Which is the one to get? (I searched, but the posts I found relating to this were old, so I thought I would ask anew.)

Replies to: Graphing Calculator

  • Brewmaster10Brewmaster10 Registered User Posts: 42 Junior Member
    In my opinion, the current all-around best graphing calculator is the TI-84. It should cover all math classes up to calculus, where you might need to upgrade to a more advanced calculator such as the TI-Nspire CX-CAS or the TI-89. It pretty much depends on the class and what level of math the calculator will be used for.
  • coteriecoterie Registered User Posts: 153 Junior Member
    Going into Calculus-level math makes you competitive. If you're going into Calculus, get a used TI-89.

    If you aren't interested in being competitive, then get an 84.
  • MA2012MA2012 Registered User Posts: 1,196 Senior Member
    edited August 2016
    My kids who are both advanced in math and DS1 does competitive math both use a TI 83 or 84 plus. They both got one in middle school and are using it in high school. DS1 got a new one because his stopped working for programming. It is also allowed for all standardized tests. The TI89 and Inspire are not allowed on some tests. You can sometimes get good deals at Amazon.
  • mass2020mommass2020mom Registered User Posts: 133 Junior Member
    My D's school requires TI-Nspire CX CAS.
  • sgopal2sgopal2 Registered User Posts: 3,074 Senior Member
    I would recommend the TI Nspire CX CAS. For the main reason that you can store some programs on it. The programs are allowed to be used for SAT math 2 and can help speed up some problems.

    The Nspire has the same features as the earlier models but has the CAS.
  • gardenstategalgardenstategal Registered User Posts: 4,453 Senior Member
    If you're planning to use it for competitions or for timed tests, you may want to check the trade-off between color and speed. I seem to recall that the black and white ones were a tad faster.
  • payn4wardpayn4ward Registered User Posts: 3,012 Senior Member
    edited August 2016
    My S's school also requires TI-Nspire CX CAS.
    This calculator is allowed in College Board tests - SAT, SAT subject Math tests, AP Calculus tests - but not in ACT.

    For ACT, S used his old calculator from middle school days, 83 or 84.

  • skieuropeskieurope Super Moderator Posts: 37,555 Super Moderator
    Another vote for the TI-Nspire CX CAS. Having said that, I would suggest asking the math chair first. Schools sometimes have specific requirements.
  • gusmom2000gusmom2000 Registered User Posts: 256 Junior Member
    I'm just impatiently waiting for the schedule/teachers to be posted so I can contact the teacher and buy whatever is needed. Patients has never been my strong suit.
  • Bulldogs1Bulldogs1 Registered User Posts: 47 Junior Member
    My kids have TI-84 plus silver edition- they needed it in middle school now use it for their Hill math classes and the PSAT.
  • carpoolingmacarpoolingma Registered User Posts: 545 Member
    DD in public school needed a TI-84. DS's boarding school requires the TI-Nspire CX. He was told NOT to get the CAS model.
  • stargirl3stargirl3 Registered User Posts: 3,397 Senior Member
    I used a lovely TI-84 until I got to Groton, where everyone purchases (or receives, in my case) the Nspire CAS CX whatever you call it. It's very fancy. It also can't be used on the ACT, and probably not SAT either, but if you guys say it works through calculus, that's probably why everyone has it.

  • skieuropeskieurope Super Moderator Posts: 37,555 Super Moderator
    the Nspire CAS CX whatever you call it. It's very fancy. It also can't be used on the ACT, and probably not SAT either,
    In exams/parts of exams that allow a calculator, the NSpire is allowed for SAT/AP exams, but @stargirl3 is correct that it is not allowed for ACT.
  • PeriwinklePeriwinkle Registered User Posts: 3,505 Senior Member
    Schools let you know what's required. Buy that model.
  • SculptorDadSculptorDad Registered User Posts: 2,314 Senior Member
    edited October 2016
    What have you done!!! I bought the CAS CX for my daughter and today she is telling me that she figured out how to install Nintendo emulator and play Pokemon on it, and claims that she deserves to play it for all the programming trouble she is going through.

    BTW, the school recommends TI-89 but is totally cool with CAS CX.
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