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    So my school is offering to sell graphics calculator for 40 pounds not exactly sure which one but it's the ones that are over a 100 pounds as this is a colour graphics calculator.I might possibly even do further is it worth getting the graphics calculator
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    Would really suggest it. Bought mine for £80, at first I thought that my parents would be pissed, but then they encouraged me to buy another better one worth £120. Graphical calculators are THAT useful.
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    Would really suggest it. Bought mine for £80, at first I thought that my parents would be pissed, but then they encouraged me to buy another better one worth £120. Graphical calculators are THAT useful.
    Helpful, yes, but to spend even £80 on one is just senseless. Where did you buy it from? You could almost certainly browse ebay and find the same one for a fraction of the price - especially if it's Casio or TI.

    @OP, I suggest asking the school what calculator it is, if it's one of the latest Casio models then it's very worth it. If you decide not to though, be wary in buying your own one as there's a minority that are not allowed but that shouldn't be an issue.
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    Helpful, yes, but to spend even £80 on one is just senseless. Where did you buy it from? I can guarantee you could browse ebay and find the same one for a fraction of the price. Just my opinion.

    @OP, I suggest asking the school what calculator it is, if it's one of the latest Casio models then it's very worth it. If you decide not to though, be wary in buying your own one as there's a minority that are not allowed but that shouldn't be an issue.
    Bought it from staples, they were doing a sale on it at the time.
    Acc, a lot of people said it was stupid to spend that much on it, however on the exam day I'm the one with the advantage.



    And yh it does depend on the model, the one I had wasn't even that good (graphs didn't show intersections etc) the one my school sold was muuuuuch better(It was even in color). If you are doing the new A levels, the apparanetly the textbook teaches with graphic calculators so dunno might be uselful.
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    mine was £40/50 definately useful for helping understand graphs and solving equations easliy to stop wasting time in the exams
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    (Original post by sandeshisis)
    So my school is offering to sell graphics calculator for 40 pounds not exactly sure which one but it's the ones that are over a 100 pounds as this is a colour graphics calculator.I might possibly even do further is it worth getting the graphics calculator
    You do not need a graphics calculator for A-Level Maths and I do not think that it gives you any significant advantage. All you need is a Casio FX-991ES. Having said that, selling a £100 calculator for £40 sounds like a relatively good deal but still, you don't really need it.
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    (Original post by sandeshisis)
    So my school is offering to sell graphics calculator for 40 pounds not exactly sure which one but it's the ones that are over a 100 pounds as this is a colour graphics calculator.I might possibly even do further is it worth getting the graphics calculator
    Depends what your college recommends. My college only required the Casio FX-991 ES PLUS (I did the old spec - those on the new spec were asked to buy the Classwiz). In my opinion, a graphical calculator is not necessary* - many of my fellow students don't even know how to use all the functions on the 991. You can still do all the useful functions (solve equations, matrices, vectors, complex numbers, statistics etc) with a non-graphical calculator.

    Best would be to speak to your teacher. Some colleges teach the course in a way that relies on a graphical calculator.

    *Unless you're doing Markov Chains or something.
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    The exam board actively minimises the advantage gained from using a graphical calculator. In the end, any significant advantage would be highly unfair unless it was a requirement for everyone, which would be pretty impractical.

    If you want to have one just for fun, or your teacher plans to use it in class activities, then go for it.

    The current go-to calculator is the FX-991EX Classwiz (not 991-es). It has all of the facilities that you will need, including matrix manipulation for FM.
 
 
 

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