Scientific Calculator

A scientific calculator will perform all the calculations required for this class. Scientific calculators can enter values using scientific notation and perform exponential calculations (logarithms both natural and base ten). The Texas Instruments TI-30X IIS is an excellent, inexpensive scientific calculator that has two lines to show both calculations and answers.

Graphing Calculator

The more expensive graphing calculators have multi-line screens and some equation solving capabilities in addition to the functions of a scientific calculator.

Graphing calculators are often used in precalculus and are required for AP® Calculus. The TI-83/84 Plus calculators are the most commonly used graphing calculators.