Q: What kind of calculator do I need for
mathematics classes at OSU?
A: The following courses require
at least a scientific calculator
(graphing calculators are OK in these courses,
but not necessary):
Mth 105, Mth 211, Mth 212, Mth 213.
The following courses require a graphing
Mth 111, Mth 112, Mth 241, Mth 245, Mth
251, Mth 252.
Q: If I am taking a course requiring
a graphing calculator, do I need a
specific make or model?
A: NO. If you already
have a graphing calculator and know how to use it, then it should be fine for
most mathematics courses requiring a graphing calculator. However, be
aware that most students on our campus use either Texas Instruments or Hewlett
Packard model calculators and this makes it easier to find someone who can
answer a question if you have one.
Q: If I am getting ready
to buy a graphing calculator, what models are recommended?
A: If you plan to eventually
take Mth 251 or higher, then you might want to consider one of the more powerful
calculators (with features that may be also useful to you in higher level mathematics
courses or in science or engineering courses).
These include: TI-85, TI-86, TI-89, or
HP-48G, HP-48G+, HP-48GX.
If you expect that your mathematics coursework
will be finished with a course numbered lower than Mth 251, then you may
want to choose a slightly less powerful calculator (but one that is a bit simpler
These include: TI-82, TI-83, or HP-38G.
Q: Are there any restrictions
to the use of calculatiors in mathematics classes?
A: Some instructors restrict
the use of calculators in certain situtaions. Check with the instructor
about his/her policy.
Q: Will the calculator
I buy for my mathematics classes be adequate for other courses in my major?
A: Check with an advisor
in your major department. Some majors may require a calculator with more features
than are needed for your required mathematics courses. Other majors or instructors
in other departments may restrict or ban the use of computers in all or parts
of their courses.