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Hey, like many people here I'll soon be starting A-level maths and like some people further maths, and I'm curious as to what to buy. In not renting from my sixth form as I'll be doing something maths related after anyway, so I'm buying one. The question is - do I need only 1 good calculator with graphing functions, or do I need two? I honestly don't know whether graphing calculators do the job of a normal one as well. If so, could anyone recommend any good regular calculators (I already have ordered a graphics one). Thank you
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(Original post by Sugoi_Sugoi)
Hey, like many people here I'll soon be starting A-level maths and like some people further maths, and I'm curious as to what to buy. In not renting from my sixth form as I'll be doing something maths related after anyway, so I'm buying one. The question is - do I need only 1 good calculator with graphing functions, or do I need two? I honestly don't know whether graphing calculators do the job of a normal one as well. If so, could anyone recommend any good regular calculators (I already have ordered a graphics one). Thank you
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Casio-FX-99.../dp/B0034BAQS8

Comes up a lot.
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I would highly recommend the Casio FX 991 EX classwiz version.

It isnt a graphing calculator and so is only about £20, but the features such as the better screen, calculus, quadratic and cubic solver and the stats distributions make it an essential tool.
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Its good but the EX classwizz version is much better at only a small higher price.
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I would recommend:
- 'SHARP EL-W531', which is the one I use; this one costs ≈ £12.00
- 'CASIO fx-85GT PLUS' which is the one most people use (for GCSE 'and' A-Level Maths and is standard); this one costs ≈ £12.00
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So I take I do need two, thank you for the recommendations my friends
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You don't need to buy a graphing calculator - most unis don't allow these in their exams (including STEM/quantitative fields). Outside of exams, if there's a problem that could be considered using a graphing calculator, you'll just do on MATLAB instead (which is better anyway).

Just get a standard calculator and borrow/rent a graphing one from your uni. I've literally never used the graphing calculator I bought after secondary school, except out of boredom (and once I actually learned the basics of MATLAB you couldn't PAY me to go back to using one of those things )

(this also applies to any calculator with symbolic calculation ability that aren't necessarily graphing calculators - these are generally disallowed in exams and it's easier and nicer doing this kind of work in MATLAB/MAPLE/Mathematica)
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