Help with calculator!!!


Jan 3, '07I wouldn't worry to much. As long as you got the calculator recommended for your class, you usually learn how to use it as you go. I know that my math books have always had the key sequences you need for the operations you're working on.
Peace,
Cathie 

Jan 4, '07As long as you got the one they recomended. The problem with trying to learn all of it's functions ahead of time, is you don't know how to do that kind of math yet (which is why you're in the math class you are ). So trying to understand how the calculator performs the kind of math you don't know how to do yet....will make you crazy.
As long as you have the calculator recomended for your class, all should be well
Best of luck!!
Peace,
CathieLast edit by CuriousMe on Jan 4, '07 
Jan 4, '07I agree, you kinda learn it as you go along. And since I am an old bat and hate I mean HATE math...I made certain to sit by some of the smart youngins...they helped me out. I still to this day bless the kid that helped me in physio lab with my calculator...may God bless the ground he walks on. Instructors helped me also, they could tell I didn't have a clue.

Jan 4, '07Graphing calculators are actually not hard to work. I had to get one for college algebra and the instructor taught us how to work it. I would write down the steps and learned by working my homework problems.
I wouldn't worry about it. We also used it for stats. 
Jan 4, '07If its a Texas Instrument you should be able to go to there site...most people have TI82,83,or 84's so your classmates should help you. Also the instructor can help you don't be shy they usually go step by step to show you how it works.
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Jan 4, '07I'm sure I will probably need this calculator for some class but I had originally wanted to use it on my entrance exam into the community college I will be attending. I don't know that it will do much good if I don't know what to do with it.

Jan 4, '07You might want to check to see if you can bring that calculator some schools do not allow graphing calculators on entrance tests since you can input information before the test. Thats considered cheating so ask the school. I know you can not use those on SAT or ACT so you might want to ask.

Jan 4, '07That is a great idea. What was I thinking. Why stress if I can't even use the darn thing.

Jan 4, '07If you are allowed to use a graphing calculator for this test I'm guessing you'll only really need it for basic math functions. A quick review of the first few pages of the owner's manual should give you enough insight to get going. Good luck!

Jan 5, '07I carry a TI83 plus and a simple TI calculator. Most classes allow me to use the TI83, but if I run into a situation where I can't I have my backup. I used the 83 through college algebra, statistics and chemistry. I saw lots of other students with the same calculator...but no clue as to how to use it. If you get one of these calculators...be sure to download the help file program...its not much help for what functions to use...but gives you a little cheat sheet on how the entries need to be made for each function..etc. I also used the "TI83 for Dummies" book to help me out at times. My math texts also addressed this calculator in each lesson...sooo it really helped to have this calculator. Helped enough to earn an A in all classes so far.
My backup is a TI30XIIS. Most of the math professors know this calculator...its simple...and has all the basic functions a person would need. It doesn't take much time to master.
Hope this helps.
akspudus
Miami Dade College