Scientific Calculators...

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Scientific Calculators...
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Sun, 04-03-2011 - 11:39pm

Any suggestions on quality scientific calculators that I don't have to take a loan out to buy lol. Apparantly the one we bought DD is not longer cutting the mustard (though to be fair, when we bought it, we didn't know she'd be in physics as a freshman.) I admit, I don't remember all the functions neccessary to carry you through high school and into early college.

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Registered: 07-23-2002
Mon, 04-04-2011 - 12:39pm

Our workhorse scientific calculators are TI34II's. We found our two on sale for about $25. They handle pretty much everything we need for high school math except things that you need a $200 graphing calculator for anyway.

Miranda

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Tue, 04-05-2011 - 10:25am
Thanks Miranda. I'm starting to think it's the graphing calculator she needs. We have one similar to what you posted but apparantly, it's missing things. Of course, it might just be a physics need. It's a particular symbol that I can only seem to find on the 100+ dollar models. Sigh, hate to drop the money considering the class ends in 2.5 months. Guess it's a neccessity though.
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Thu, 04-07-2011 - 10:40pm

Kids at our school are pretty much told that they must get the $100 graphing calculators once they reach Algebra II, which was freshman year for her.

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Thu, 04-07-2011 - 11:32pm
Like Merimom says, if she does anything approaching pre-calc, she'll need access to a graphing calculator anyway. It's a good investment if you can afford to make it. On the other hand, you can get graphing calculator software and apps for various computing / tablet platforms. Some of it is very inexpensive or free. If she doesn't need to have a handheld calculator for use in class, she might get away with something like that.

Miranda

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mom to three great kids and one great grown-up
unschooler, violist, runner, doc 

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Thu, 04-07-2011 - 11:44pm
Kay took Algebra II last year but they had appropriate calculators in class for them to use and she did all her work there. She has Geometry this year and so hasn't been an issue.

Looks like she's getting a pricey calculator in her Easter basket lol. It's not nearly as fun as a new swimsuit though lol.
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Fri, 04-08-2011 - 10:28am

If it's any consolation, she'll need the graphing calculator for higher math anyway and since this is an off-time for purchasing school supplies, you might be able to find a deal.

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Sat, 04-09-2011 - 8:15am
Sorry for the late reply. We were away for spring break getting some warmth and sun! Before you buy check with your school as to which calculator she needs for precalc and calc. Here, the expensive graphing calculators are required. The cheapest of the graphing calculators are not quite good enough. They are expensive, but she will be using it for the next several years and hopefully can either take it to college or pass it on to her brother.
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Sat, 04-09-2011 - 3:52pm

In university, even if she is in engineering, she will NOT need a graphing calculator.

My kids never used one, all they used is your standard Tx instrument calculator.Any "graphing" they needed to do was via a Math SW package or they used MatLab.

She could need one for pre-Calc but not for Calculus. A fancy calculator is NOT required for calculus.

PS. My kids are both in engineering. One is a graduate student. The other has one more year to go before graduate school. And I am a physcist working in engineering.

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Registered: 05-27-1998
Tue, 04-12-2011 - 3:15pm

She's going to need that graphing calculator for her math courses the rest of her high school career and maybe for college, depending on what she takes. They're all about $100 (sorry!), but a friend of mine got a deal on hers at WalMart for $89, plus some kind of rebate.

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Wed, 04-13-2011 - 11:46am
Same here...can't see the need with all the free software out there. Here's a free graphing app for ipod & iphone:

http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/quick-graph/id292412367?mt=8

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