College of Arts and Sciences

Calculator Rental and Purchase

Graphing Calculator Rental Program

What: You can rent a TI-83, TI-84, or TI-89.

Rental Price: Starting at only $10 (for the TI-83 model).

Where: IPSGA Office in the Walb Student Union, Room 225 (campus map).

Terms: You get the calculator, manual, and unit-to-unit link cable for the entire semester. You must return the calculator at the end of the semester in the same condition you received it or your grades will be encumbered. Supplies are limited and are usually depleted the first week of classes. However, some students may have dropped a class which requires a calculator so one could just be sitting here on a shelf waiting just for you.

Note: If you already own a graphing calculator and are no longer in need of it, the Rental Program will pay you a fair price to get it off your hands!

For further information about the rental program, contact IPSGA.

Choosing a Model

Which calculator model is recommended in algebra, statistics and calculus courses at IPFW?
Which calculator models are acceptable in algebra, statistics and calculus courses at IPFW?

It's a good idea to check with your instructor before purchasing, but essentially any of those listed above. These are models which can perform an intersection routine as well as find any maximum, minimum, and zeros (roots) of a function. The TI-82, TI-83, TI-83 Plus Silver Edition, TI-85 , TI-86, and TI-92 (which are no longer in production) are also acceptable, but again, check with your instructor.

Which calculator models are NOT acceptable in algebra, statistics and calculus courses at IPFW?

The TI-80 (discontinued) and the CASIO FX 7400 G PLUS series are NOT acceptable. Despite any claims to the contrary, these calculators are designed for the middle school classroom and do not have all of the features you need. Also, TI-89, TI-92 and TI-Nspire C (and any others like these that perform symbolic calculations) will not be allowed during testing.

Why aren't the CASIO models listed?

While the CASIO 9860GB Plus has a list price of $80, it is similar to a TI-85, which is a first generation model with very limited features. (To display a table, for example, you must specify the start and end, making it impossible to scroll. If you display an undefined value, the calculator will crash. This renders it virtually useless to explore functions numerically.) If you have one and know how to use it, fine. If you are considering a purchase, you will likely be frustrated with its unfriendly limitations.