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    Question Which is the right calculator?

    Hi, I am about to start my maths A level, and so I feel (though not completely necessary) it would help me a lot to have a graphical calculator...
    I would ideally like one that shows things in steps, (i.e doesn't just give me the answer straight off but shows you how it got there) This would be of a lot of help as it will help me understand the problem better and learn how to answer it.
    My budget is around 120, could you please suggest the right calculator for me? (oh and if u can play games on it aswell that would be awesome )
    thanks!
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    Quote Originally Posted by charlieelx View Post
    Hi, I am about to start my maths A level, and so I feel (though not completely necessary) it would help me a lot to have a graphical calculator...
    I would ideally like one that shows things in steps, (i.e doesn't just give me the answer straight off but shows you how it got there) This would be of a lot of help as it will help me understand the problem better and learn how to answer it.
    My budget is around 120, could you please suggest the right calculator for me? (oh and if u can play games on it aswell that would be awesome )
    thanks!
    For A-Level Mathematics I suggest this Amazon.co.uk: Casio FX 85 ES Calculator: Electronics & Photo

    You will not need anything more advance than that, Do not waste your money on a calculator that you will not be allowed to take into examinations, If you want to draw graphs and such there is plenty of software you can download for your computer that will far better than calculator applications.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bobak View Post
    For A-Level Mathematics I suggest this Amazon.co.uk: Casio FX 85 ES Calculator: Electronics & Photo

    You will not need anything more advance than that, Do not waste your money on a calculator that you will not be allowed to take into examinations, If you want to draw graphs and such there is plenty of software you can download for your computer that will far better than calculator applications.

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    Thanks, though I am doing additional further maths (so the 3 maths A-Levels) and as there will be a lot of work I would still like a graphical calculator to speed things up, any suggestions?
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    Quote Originally Posted by charlieelx View Post
    Hi, I am about to start my maths A level, and so I feel (though not completely necessary) it would help me a lot to have a graphical calculator...
    I would ideally like one that shows things in steps, (i.e doesn't just give me the answer straight off but shows you how it got there) This would be of a lot of help as it will help me understand the problem better and learn how to answer it.
    My budget is around 120, could you please suggest the right calculator for me? (oh and if u can play games on it aswell that would be awesome )
    thanks!
    A TI-89 Titanium seems to be a wonderful little thing (With games too)

    (But I agree with Bobak, it is a waste of money for something like A level maths, and there will be restrictions on it. If you are willing to buy a cool calculator and a normal scientific one, with natural display, for school, then look into the TI range of calculators.)
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    Quote Originally Posted by charlieelx View Post
    Thanks, though I am doing additional further maths (so the 3 maths A-Levels) and as there will be a lot of work I would still like a graphical calculator to speed things up, any suggestions?
    Which Calculator Is Right for Me? by Texas Instruments -US and Canada
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    Quote Originally Posted by charlieelx View Post
    Thanks, though I am doing additional further maths (so the 3 maths A-Levels) and as there will be a lot of work I would still like a graphical calculator to speed things up, any suggestions?
    Three math A levels is a bit excessive. especially as there is such little difference between doing further and additional further (as far a university preparation is concerned).

    Graphical calculator I usually find a not the easiest things to use, if your seriously about mathematics your graph drawing skills should improve beyond the point of needing a calculator for graphing anything required for A-Level mathematics, Form what I know none of the further math modules require drawing any non-standard graphs, if your not familiar with the standard ones then you really will have issues. Also the most importnat math exams (i.e AEA and STEP) will not allow the use of any calculator whatsoever.

    Your best bet would honestly be to buy something like the calculator I suggest in my above post, and use your computer for graphing while you study at home (if you need it).

    what you do is up to you though, the above is just my opinion.

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    I just got back from the ORMATYC conference and was able to see TI demo of their new ti-nspire. This is a really cool calculator. You can get it with or without a CAS. It also had alot of other great features.

    I only was able to play with it for about 20 min. I think they did a great job on it.

    Good luck.
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