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The Best Scientific Calculators for School

By Edited Nov 13, 2013 2 2

Texas Instruments Scientific Calculator for High School
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The Best Scientific Calculators and Tips for Buying a Scientific Calculator for School

Whether you are the parent of a high-school student or you are looking for school supplies this article will be your guide to finding the best scientific calculator for school. Casio and Texas Instruments are the two most popular scientific calculator producers because they are known for their high quality. In fact you will find these calculators in schools all around the world.

This guide will look at two of the most popular models from these manufacturers and give some tips on buying scientific calculators for school so you can get the best deal.

Texas Instruments TI-30X IIS 2-Line Scientific Calculator

Texas Instruments T1-30x IIS Scientific Calculator for High School
This scientific calculator is an excellent choice for high school students as it is in-expensive but still has many of the features of more expensive calculators. The TI-30X IIS features:
  • Solar Power panels to maximize battery life.
  • Two line display to show the current calculation and answer to assist with identifying errors.
  • Easily handles one and two variable statistics.
  • Three angle modes and scientific engineering modes.
  • Slide on hard case.
  • 1 year warranty.

This calculator was one of the first lower priced scientific calculators available. It was also one fo the first to include the two line display and backspace for error corrections. With a few minor tweaks this calculator has stood the test of time and is one of the best options for a scientific calculator for high school aged students.

Casio FX-115ES Advanced Scientific Calculator

Casio FX-115ES Advanced Scientific Calculator for High School
Casio is the major competitor to Texas Instruments for calculators for schools and with this model it is easy to see why. The FX-115ES features:
  • Almost 280 functions including metric conversions making converting measurements a breeze for any student.
  • 2 line 'natural textbook' display with up to 18 characters on screen.
  • Solar powered.
  • Slide on hard case.
  • 1 year warranty.

This scientific calculator has all of the trimmings and features necessary for students in calculus, physics, engineering and statistics. The 2 line display makes it much easier for students to notice and correct any mistakes so that they can get the right answer and learn why they went wrong.

Tips for Buying Scientific Calculators for School

Allowed for Examinations

Ensure that the calculator you plan on buying is allowed on the the examinations your student will be sitting for. Most Scientific, non-graph calculators are allowed on SAT, AP, PSAT, NMSQT, and all NCEES examinations. So if you plan on buying a scientific calculator for school students make sure you avoid ones that have graphing functionality.

Online is far Cheaper

When buying a scientific calculator for school check prices online and compare them to the prices at office supply stores. Not many parents realize that it can be considerably cheaper to buy scientific calculators online on websites such as Amazon. For example, the Texas Instruments TI-30X IIS

 is about 40% cheaper and the Casio FX115ES is about 50% cheaper on Amazon than the recommended retail price. This simple tip can save you a heap of money that you can spend on other supplies for your students.
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Comments

Jan 29, 2012 8:32am
Poster
I like casio calculators, of course this scientific calculators certainly catch up my mind.
Feb 4, 2012 1:57am
ZiggyD
I grew up using Casio calculators and we put them through a bit. Sturdy calculators!
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