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Which Graphing Calculators Can We Use in UA Math Classes?

A graphing calculator is required for many UA Math courses. Calculators that perform symbolic manipulations (such as the TI-89 or TI-92 or TI-Nspire CAS) cannot be used in courses at or below the Calc II level (Stats excluded). Below is a guide to which calculators are generally acceptable, and which ones are definitely not acceptable. It is always a good idea to also refer to your course syllabus and/or ask your instructor. 

 
There are many different models of graphing calculators out there.  If you do not see your model listed here and you are unsure if it is approved for use in a UA Math course, please send a clear picture of the calculator to ekstrom@math.arizona.edu

Acceptable Calculators:

TI-83, TI-83 Plus

TI-84 Plus, TI-84 Plus Silver Edition, TI-84 Plus C Silver Edition, TI-84 Plus CE

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TI-Nspire CX

 

This is not to be confused with the TI-Nspire CX CAS pictured below.  CAS is not allowed.  The two calculators look identical except for the “CAS” printed in the upper right hand corner of the CAS version.

TI-85

 

These are getting hard to find, and harder to find someone who can help you with it.

 

TI-81 and TI-82 have more in common with the TI-83 than with the TI-85, but are probably just as hard to find.  Both of these models are also acceptable.

TI-86

 

This model is more advanced than TI-85, but TI-86 has been discontinued.  It is still an acceptable calculator to use, but again, familiarity with the model may be hard to find.   

Casio fx-9750GII


Most instructors will be far more familiar with TI calculators than Casio calculators, so help with these calculators may be hard to find.  However, they are still acceptable.

Casio fx-9860GII


Most instructors will be far more familiar with TI calculators than Casio calculators, so help with these calculators may be hard to find.  However, they are still acceptable.

Casio PRIZM fx-CG10

 HP48.png  HP 48 series

Includes the following models: HP 48S, HP 48SX, HP 48G, HP 48GX, HP 48G+

Calculators that are NOT allowed in UA Math classes:


TI-Nspire CX CAS


Not allowed due to symbolic manipulation capabilities

(CAS = computer algebra system)

TI-89, TI-89 Titanium


Not allowed due to symbolic manipulation capabilities.

TI-92


Not allowed due to symbolic manipulation capabilities.

Casio ClassPad II fx-CP400


Not allowed due to symbolic manipulation capabilities.

Casio ClassPad 330 PLUS


Not allowed due to symbolic manipulation capabilities.

Casio ALGEBRA FX 2.0 PLUS


Not allowed due to symbolic manipulation capabilities.

HP Prime Graphing Calculator


Not allowed due to symbolic manipulation capabilities.

HP 49/50 series


Includes the following models: HP 49G, HP 49G+, HP 48II, HP 50G

(Note the HP 48II is actually part of the 49 series, not 48 series)


Not allowed due to symbolic manipulation capabilities.

 
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