• From: John Grant
  • Date: 23 February 1999
  • Subject: What calculators do you recommend?

I am starting a maths course this semester. Can you recommend what calculator I should buy?

Maths Help suggests:

You did not tell us anything more about yourself or what course you are starting. Since there are so many different types of calulator on the market, we cannot give any specific advice.

The best thing would be for you to ask the teacher of your maths course what he/she recommends. There might be a particular model that the teacher will be using for demonstration purposes, so getting one of those would be a good idea. Also, some schools and colleges have an arrangement to bulk buy calculators and pass the savings on to the students. Your teacher will be able to tell you if that is the case.

However, there are some pieces of advice regarding calculators which are generally accepted, and we list them below:

The three big calculator companies are Casio, Sharp and Texas Instruments (although you can buy other brands of the simpler models). We do not wish to show any favour by specifying any particular make (although if any of the companies would like to sponsor the Maths Help website, we might give them a special mention here!!)

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