CALCULATOR BUYER'S GUIDE
Note: For all courses phones, I-pods, cameras, and other electronic devices will not be permitted for use as calculators. You will need an actual calculator. Bring your calculator to class every day.
For these courses you will need a simple calculator. Just about any calculator will do (even one from the dollar store). I would highly recommend choosing a model with a square root key. If you are planning to take Geometry after these courses, check the guidelines below so you can get a calculator that will work for those courses as well. If you are planning to take Algebra 2, you might want to check those guidelines as well.
For this course you will need a scientific calculator. You will know your calculator is scientific if it has these keys: "sin", "cos", "tan". You don't need a graphing calculator (the ones with the larger screens) for this course, although if you are planning to take Algebra 2 in the future you might as well read the guidelines below and get one now. New scientific calculators usually run in the $10 to $20 price range, although I have seen them at dollar stores on occassion.
Algebra 2, Algebra 2/Trig, Advanced Math Topics
You will need a graphing calculator (the ones with the larger screens) for this course. Just about any graphing calculator will work for most applications, although I strongly recommend certain ones over others. The reason for this is that I'm much more familiar with particular models than other ones, so I'll be able to do a much better job assisting students using calculators that I am more comfortable using.
Most of the time I will be using a TI-83 for in class demonstrations. Students with these calculators will be able to follow what I'm doing exactly. Click on the pictures to see a larger image.
Graphing calculators can be expensive, but there is no reason to pay full price for one. Check amazon or craigslist for used calculators, or ask friends and family members. I often use my older brother's calculator which he purchased in 1990 and it works fine for most applications.