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Im starting IB in a month and I was wondering what calculator is usually used for math studies?

do i need to buy an expensive graphing calculator or will the normal scientific on do?

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Guest Maitri Fischer

A graphing calculator will help you a lot. Esp considering that you can use it in your exams. It will be very useful for checking answers, statistics and graphing.
A Texas Ti83 or Ti84 is what I used in my time and it was great. Still use it to this day. I think it's about 10 years old now.

I tell my students it's a must have.

If you are a genius at math, you can probably go without. But you should check with your teacher as he may do a lot of teaching with it and expect you to use it in some complicated problems.

all the best

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I tell my students it's a must have.

Yes! As Maitri mentioned here a graphic calculator is EXTREMELY useful, especially in math studies. My Math Studies teacher recommended me to get a casio fx-9860GII and that is the one that I am using.

Honestly, during classes you might not need it much in topics like Algebra or trigonometry. But when talking about graphs and probability (statistics) it is really useful, because you can imput all the data and it gives you the answers you need. You just need to make sure that you take some time to discover the functions or ask your teacher how to use it for specific tasks.

It is definitely a great acquisition. e.g. In my last pre-mock exam that tested us on the topics we had done I had completely forgotten how to find out the intersection of parabolas, but I remembered that my calculator could draw them. I accidentally game across the solving characteristics of the calculator and I got full marks for the whole exam! I would utterly recommend it.

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A graphical calculator is probably more important in maths studies than it is at HL, haha- you're going to need it a lot for plotting regressions and doing stats. It's definitely going to be very useful to you.

The one our school suggests and the one that the majority own, is the Ti-Nspire (not the CAS version). I personally love mine!

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