What calculator should I get for my child?

  • Once they are in high school a graphing calculator is essential for your child to be successful in math class.  Should your child have one of their own?  YES.  Every student should have their own calculator so that they can use it in class AND have it available for them to use in study halls and at home while doing homework.  We use calculators as a TOOL to help us to better understand mathematics and it is helpful if a child has that tool when they are doing their school work, both in and out of class.

    Graphing calculators are, however, expensive. 

    If you trust them with a cell phone you can trust them with a graphing calculator. 

    If purchasing a calculator is a financial burden for you please call and talk to me.  I can find a calculator for your child to use.

    In all of my classes I will be using a TI-Nspire CX for demonstrations. 

    In Pre-Calculus classes all students should bring their own personal calculator to class.  In BC and Multivariable Calculus we will be using the CAS version of the Nspire CX and students can borrow a calculator.  Quite honestly, most lessons will be done without a calculator, but there will be times both in and outside of class when they will be absolutely essential.

    There are two links below that lead to Texas Instruments web pages.  One is a chart to help you compare courses and calculators.  The other is a parent information page on graphing calculators.

    Please let me know if you have any questions.

TI Nspire CX