Firstly, Yes I know there are subforums but this question is a general one hence I put it here. I want to buy a graphical calculator as I'm going to do a Maths degree soon. Which would you recommend?
Thanks in advance.
I am going to start a math degree soon in the UK as well. I can't imagine a calculator will be that useful on a degree course reckon your better off getting a semi-decent laptop, if you really want something to do graphs.
But if you are going to get a calculator get a Ti-83, because unlike the newer models its does not do symbolic calculus so you may still use it in your A-Level Math exams.
Where are you going btw, just so i know if we may bump into each other.
On the other hand there some models are allowed in the less important A-Level maths examinations in the UK. If you want to get a B grade in british A Level math without doing any work, just buy a TI-83, it will do all the stats for you, you can check your integrals and graphs and such.
I have never found calculator particularly useful at all for studying math, for graph drawing I always find that using my computer is a lot more convenient. I haven't started my math degree yet (will do in October either at Cambridge or Imperial) so I don't know how extensively calculators are use at university, but for the work I have done so far I wouldn't recommend spending more than £10 on a calculator.
I thought a TI calculator would be pretty cool. But I'm not paying $150 for a cool calculator
I could rather invest in a financial calculator which I am really going to need next semester. We are not even allowed to use a calculator for anything in my maths course. Only in statistics.
Admittedly it doesn't help much for something like Quantum Field Theory (though it does regular QM pretty well), but I get my main usage for it right now as an aid while tutoring. Yes, I can do all the problems, but it helps to be able to just punch in the problem and have a solution at my finger tips so I can focus on how best to help the student.
Back onto the topic, Air what math course have you applied for exactly? straight mathematics ? or a joint honours ? I will be easier for people to give advice if we have more information.
It really depends on what you're going to study... With topology, i doubt you will find an use to calculators :P
Btw, my TI-89 has followed since 2001, i have never had to complain about. I admit i didn't have to sketch lots of graphs even if i study maths, but for calculus and small programming, it's very interesting !
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