Which Scientific Calculator Is Right for you?

Scientific calculators are the reason why studying science is not boring. If I had to remember all of the values of scientific terms, I wouldn’t take science at the first place. So merits of a scientific calculator can not be described in a small introduction. Apart from this topic, there is a huge misunderstanding about choosing right scientific calculator.

This is very common when you are using a scientific calculator for the first time. So here I’m going to show difference between five general and most popular scientific calculators. By judging, you can be able to choose the right scientific calculator for you.

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Here I have five most popular scientific calculators from the renowned scientific calculator company Texas Instruments. Let’s get introduced with them. They are TI-30Xa, TI-30XIIS, TI-30XS Multiview, TI-34 Multiview, TI-36X Pro. These calculators are very useful for scientific calculations.

But each and every calculator has some merits and also limitations in their feature. My duty is to describe all of these merits and descriptions. Choosing the right calculator is your task. Before choosing a calculator, read this article thoroughly and know which calculator is going to fulfill all needs for your children. So let’s dive into deep.

1. Exam acceptance: 
                                          TI-30Xa, TI-30XIIS, TI-30XS Multiview, TI-34 Multiview and TI-36X Pro each and every calculator is accepted in SAT, ACT and AP test. So there is no problem in taking any of these five calculators in the exam hall. But my recommendation for these tests will be taking other permitted rich featured calculators. Because if you are permitted to take high quality calculator, why you will take some ordinary calculator for these important test?

2. Key features: 
                                 Only TI-30Xa have only one source of power, battery. Others got battery as well as solar power system as power source. TI-34 Multiview, TI-30XS Multiview and TI-36X Pro have Mathprint textbook display feature. TI-30Xa don’t have edit, cut, paste feature. It also have only one variable statistics feature. Other calculators got 2 variable statistics feature. All of these calculators are useful for trigonometry, logarithm, exponents and probability (except TI-30Xa for probability). Only TI-30XS Multiview and TI-36X Pro are able to do (x-y) table. No other calculator except TI-36X Pro can do regressions, distributions, numeric equations, polynomial equations etc. Numeric differentiation and integration is also a very impressive feature of TI-36X Pro.

3. Appropriate courses:  
                                 TI-36X Pro is not suitable for General Math, Pre-Algebra and General Science. But all of these calculators are suitable for Algebra 1 & 2. Middle School Math can be done very easily in TI-34 Multiview. Geometry is not suitable for TI-30Xa. Engineering, computer science, physics, calculus, pre-calculus and chemistry related problems can be solved very easily in TI-36X Pro. Other calculator doesn’t have these features. Biological math are suitable only for TI-30XS Multiview. Statistics is suitable for TI-30XS Multiview, TI-36X Pro and TI-34 Multiview.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Q.1: What is the best scientific calculator?

A.1: You can’t define which calculator is best. There we have five scientific calculators. Each of them has their own features and they are different from each other. So it is totally your decision which one you are going to use or buy. But before buying keep your need and budget in mind. If your child is old enough, then I will prefer TI-36X Pro for him/her.

Q.2: what calculators are allowed on the sat?

A.2: TI-30Xa, TI-30XIIS, TI-30XS Multiview, TI-34 Multiview, TI-36X Pro; all of these calculators are allowed on SAT exam. There are also some other calculators who are permitted in SAT exam.

Q.3: what calculators are allowed on the act? 

A.3: TI-30Xa, TI-30XIIS, TI-30XS Multiview, TI-34 Multiview, TI-36X Pro; every calculator from here is also allowed on ACT exam. Check the permitted calculators model list to learn more.

Q.4: what is the best scientific calculator app?

A.4: There are a lot of scientific calculator apps for both android and iOS platform. Find the suitable one for you.


So there is a huge amount of scientific calculator in the market. So choosing the right one is always a challenging task. But here you have the full information and features abut these five products. Just find out which one you need. Happy buying, thanks for reading till the end.

(Last Updated On: May 11, 2019)
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