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Texas Instruments TI-83 Plus Calculator

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Calculators have shrunk in size and increased in price as consumers have
sought out devices that do much more than simple arithmetic. Texas
Instruments has their TI-83 Plus model which helps students with their
Physics, Biology, Algebra, and Pre-Calculus classes. We'll examine why
this model is so popular with today's classroom students.


Keywords:
handheld calculators, Texas Instruments, Casio, Canon, Sharp, math,
physics, calculus


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Calculators have shrunk in size and increased in price as consumers have
sought out devices that do much more than simple arithmetic. Texas
Instruments has their TI-83 Plus model which helps students with their
Physics, Biology, Algebra, and Pre-Calculus classes. We'll examine why
this model is so popular with today's classroom students.

Back in the 1970s, the slide rule gave way to calculators in many
classrooms across the nation. Texas Instruments led the way as almost
every student owned one of their models. Today, Texas Instruments [or,
TI] continues to produce calculators and their TI-83 Plus calculator
leads the way.

So, what sets this particular model apart from others? Well, it is
pocket-sized, comes with 12MB of memory, does tons of math problems
including statistical tests, has a complete alphabetical keyboard, and it
can run programs to name a few. Still, if you are a Calculus student it
doesn't do Calculus. However, you can bring the TI-83 Plus along for
standardized tests and college admission exams.

The device runs with 4AAA batteries, so you need to make sure you are
fully charged before you start your tests or at least carry spare
batteries with you.

The TI-83 is not cheap as you will have to pay about $100. for a new one.
Expect to pay a lot more if you purchase one through your university's
bookstore; shop online to compare prices too.

The TI-89 may be a better option, especially if Calculus is in your
future. Shop and compare and make sure that the model you want provides
the calculations you need.

In all, the TI-83 carries on a long tradition of excellence for Texas
Instruments. Sharp, Casio, and Canon are chief competitors to T.I., but
judging by the TI-83 you will find what you need from the people of Texas
Instruments.

				
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