quick ? about calculators...

<p>I plan on going to Chem. Honors, Pre-Cal H, AP Cal, etc. and I was searching for some calculators that I could possibly use. I came across the TI-84 Plus Silver Edition and i wanted to buy it but when i searched for the description, it says it's not really ideal for Calculus. But a question for an TI 80 series owners, is it okay for Pre-Cal/Cal or should i get a more advanced calculator such as the TI-89? Thanks. :)</p>

<p>I have a TI-83 (my brother used it and now I use it, probably around 4-5 years old now) and it is definitely good for Pre-Cal/Cal. As for TI-89, that is amazing especially if you know how to use it but I believe some AP tests won't allow it.</p>

<p>The ACT doesn't allow Ti-89, but the SAT does, I think. Not sure about AP.</p>

<p>I have both (bought the Ti-84, have my brother's old Ti-89), and the Ti-89 is a lot more difficult to use, so I'm sticking with the Ti-84 for now, but hopefully I'll be able to learn how to use the Ti-89 someday because I skimmed over some of the features and it's really powerful.</p>

<p>I have an A+ (98 - 99 average) in Acc. Pre-Calc. I use a TI-82 :)</p>

<p>The TI-89 isn't allowed in many standardized tests (AP tests, Math League contests, AMCs, etc.). Our AP Calc BC teacher doesn't want his students using it for tests either. It just does way too much of the work.</p>

<p>My TI-84 is perfect for AP Calc... I'm not sure why they said it isn't good. I dunno. The majority of the math students at our school (AP Calc AB/BC, AP Stat) have either a 83, 83 plus, 84, 84 plus, or 84 silver edition. </p>

<p>My math teacher won't allow TI-89, and like everyone said, a lot of standardized tests won't allow you to use it either.</p>

<p>thanks for the replies.
i don't want to be restricted using my cal (if i got a TI-89) so im pretty much leaning towards the TI-84PSE. :)</p>

<p>TI-83 is all you need for now.</p>

<p>I have the TI-84+ and I'm in calc. It does what you need it to. The 89 will not help on the AP test (they've made it that way.) and many teachers won't let you use it. The TI-83/84 is fine.</p>

<p>You don't need an 83/84/89 on the ACT. The math is very basic.</p>

<p>I took mine with my TI-30 lol.</p>

<p>i take calc 2 and we're only allowed to use a regular scientific calculator</p>

<p>The ti-89 is allowed on the AP Calc exam. Use it. It will do all of it for you.</p>

<p>I was about to say it is allowed on the AP Calc exam cuz everyone saying it's not. You can live w/o it, but it's definately worth the money (it refers to the TI-89). HOWEVER, ONLY BUY IT WHEN YOU GET TO CALC. The TI-84 is good til then. I perfer the 84 to be honest. I'm just used to it.</p>

<p>You don't need a TI-89 yet; you'll be fine with just a TI-83 or 84. </p>

<p>However, I highly recommend a TI-89 for Calculus. I don't know what people are saying because I've used the TI-89 for Math League and AP exams, and it was totally ok. Actually, for the AP BC exam, the TI-89 can save you a whole bunch of time on the calculator section because it solves integrals and derivatives (the TI-83 does too, just not as easily). And if you're doing engineering or something in college, it will definitely come in handy! I still have my TI-83 though because addition and subtraction and other basic functions are annoying to type into the 89.</p>

<p>So...get an 83/84 and go for the 89 when the time comes. But keep your 83!</p>

<p>I got the 83+ SE for 7th grade, and then an 89 Titanium for 9th grade. The 89 is pretty much the most amazing thing ever - abstract algebraic manipulation is extremely useful. The only issue is that you're not allowed to use it in some situations. The only two I've run into were the ACT math and my Calc BC class, for which I used my 83+ SE. If you need to get a calculator to always use and won't be able to borrow one from a friend/teacher for those situations where you can't use the 89, get the 83/84. But I would strongly suggest getting the 89 if possible: it does EVERYTHING.</p>

<p>I would say take the 89. It is practically the same price as the 84; and yes it does so much more. The only place it is not allowed is on the ACT; but you are fine for SAT and all AP tests that allow calculators. True, some math teachers don't like them; but it is always good to have the calculator with extra function. Just make sure you can do the math without the 89 if you have to.</p>

<p>As many have pointed out, you really don't need an 89. You can just buy one later when you get to the more complex stuff.</p>

<p>Why would you buy one later and pay for 2 calculators? Just by the 89 now... as I said, it's practically the same price as the 84.</p>

Because the 89 isn't allowed on some tests.</p>

<p>I have the TI-84PSE & I love it! A lot of my friends have it too, and they all seem very pleased with it as well.</p>

<p>Don't a lot of colleges forbid you from using calculators in math classes? I know a couple that do.</p>

<p>I wouldn't get too dependent on the 89 to do everything for you- one day you might have to do it for yourself and you'd be screwed.</p>