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    ClassPad - CAS calculator vs TI nspire CAS

    I will be needing one of these calculators for next year. The school uses Ti nspires but i was thinking of going ahead and getting the Classpad as some have told me it can do more things. any suggestions as to which one to get?
    Im sure the text book we will be using next year will have tutorials for both of the calculators as they are the more popular CAS calcs being used in my province.
    Thanks, and both are roughly the same price.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 99.95 View Post
    I will be needing one of these calculators for next year. The school uses Ti nspires but i was thinking of going ahead and getting the Classpad as some have told me it can do more things. any suggestions as to which one to get?
    Im sure the text book we will be using next year will have tutorials for both of the calculators as they are the more popular CAS calcs being used in my province.
    Thanks, and both are roughly the same price.
    Much as I'd like to recommend you buy the Casio (because I think TI need a good kicking for, effectively, forcing schools off the perfectly good TI-89 and onto the TInspire) my personal politics doesn't change the fact that you should use the calculator your school uses. One good reason is that your school may not be able to offer you any support with the Casio because the teachers probably haven't made it their business to know how to use it. (In fact, learning how to effectively use even one of the CAS calculators has proven a tough business for many teachers. But it's proven to be an absolute gravey train for the people who run PD on this stuff ....)
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    Ccould it really be that hard to learn how to use the calc?
    As I mentioned there will be step by step instructions in the textbook on how to use both, it's just that everyone else in my class will most likely be using nspires.
    Also, if you had to reccommend one based on just what they can each do, which would it be?
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    Quote Originally Posted by 99.95 View Post
    Ccould it really be that hard to learn how to use the calc?
    As I mentioned there will be step by step instructions in the textbook on how to use both, it's just that everyone else in my class will most likely be using nspires.
    Also, if you had to reccommend one based on just what they can each do, which would it be?
    It is not hard to learn most of what you need to be able to do, if you have the time to invest. However, it's also not hard to learn how to drive a car (what's hard is to be a GOOD driver and be able to use all features of the the car effectively and safely ....)
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