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    Unhappy What type of calculator should i get?

    I am doing an associate's degree in maths, and I am looking to purchase a graphing calculator to help with my studies and beyond. I am presently doing Pre-calculus, with intentions to move onto Calculus in my future studies. I have been trying to source an economical yet ideal texas instrument, that will be good enough for my use in pre-calculus, but will also be comprehensive for calculus and other topics in the future. Is there a big difference between the TI 83 plus, TI 84 plus silver edition, TI 89 Titanium, or the TI Nspire models??
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    which should i get? Should i work with the cost factor as well? or should i ignore the cost as a factor and invest in quality and features? Would a more advanced one be too advanced for use now? I am not looking to purchase another calculator after this one in a hurry.

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    I'm pretty sure any of those 6 calculators would do the job. Maybe you should ask your teacher, but really just get something in the middle price range you don't want to waste your money on a load of fancy features which you'll never use.
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    The Casio Classpad 330 is great for teaching, with CAS and pda-style interface it does a very good job. You don't have to spend as much time doing calculations on paper, which means you can spend your resources on solving problems instead.
    I upgraded from the Texas TI-83+ to the Classpad just recently and I'm surprised at how fast it works. 3D plotting is done in an instant. I hear people compare the Nspire to the Classpad (see: Classpad Vs. Ti Nspire: Which Is Better Folks? - Universal Casio Forum) saying that the latter has more functions but less memory.
    Personally I highly recommend the Classpad 330 though it might be a bit expensive.
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    I won't let my students use integral calculators on the exams or the quizzes. I only let them use TI-30's which are always on sale for about $10. (I also have abouot 20 of them that I pass out during the exams/quizzes.) That's what I use too. But, if your teacher wants you to use a calculator to integrate, then this is the wrong calculator for you.
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    Thanks guys, but this is more for my personal use, not that my teacher suggested we get one at all... I guess i should find out if there is any particular model that's banned at the school, but for me, i also intend to teach later on, so it will be useful in the long run.
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