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ALGEBRA II, TRIG PRE CALC, CALCULUS, STATISTICS
These classes will require the use of a graphing calculator for classwork, homework and tests. A good choice is the Texas Instruments TI84 Plus. The TI84 Plus will be used for all classroom demonstrations. The TI83 or TI83 Plus (older models) are also acceptable.
Another good choice is the newest and most advanced TI graphing calculator, the TINspire. A student interested in the substantial additional functionality of the TINspire should know that the TINspire (not to be confused with the TINspire CAS) is allowed on standardized tests, including Advanced Placement Calculus and Statistics exams. A TI84 Plus keypad is available for the TINspire. Teachers may require that students use the TI84 Plus keypad for regular coursework or tests. Similarly, students should be aware that teachers may not allow the use of other calculators that can do symbolic manipulation on tests or coursework.
The math department also has a limited number of graphing calculators available for loan. Please contact your housemaster if you are not able to purchase a graphing calculator.
GEOMETRY ACCELERATED ADVANCED
Accelerated Advanced Geometry students need a scientific calculator that does NOT have any of the following:
"solver" capability
graphing capability
math type
(e.g. when you type in the square root of 8 and hit enter, calculators approved for intenisve geometry will give you only the decimal approximation)
We recommend a calculator that DO have the following:
2 lines of display
Ability to view and edit entries
Trigonometry, logarithms, reciprocals, factorials, universal powers and roots.
Fractions
A good choice is the Texas Instruments TI30X IIS.
If you are considering another calculator for your math course, and are unsure, wait until the first day of classes and ask your teacher!
ALL OTHER GEOMETRY AND ALGEBRA I
Geometry and Algebra I classes require the use of a scientific calculator. We recommend a calculator with the following capabilities:
2 lines of display
Ability to view and edit entries
Trigonometry, logarithms, reciprocals, factorials, universal powers and roots.
Fractions
Good choices are the Texas Instruments TI30X IIS or TI30XS MultiView.
EARTH SCIENCE, CHEMISTRY
In the Science Department, Earth Science, Biology and Chemistry classes do not permit the use of graphing calculators. Scientific calculators (nongraphing) are needed for classes, homework, and tests.
