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Can anyone tell me if a TI84 Plus is an approriate calculator for a student who is not planning to major in math or engineering? Needing one for a senior and don’t want to have to purchase another next year.

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It will depend on the classes the student takes and what the professor recommends.  Students besides math and engineering majors often have to take math and statistics courses.  I teach a finance course for business minors; I would much prefer that they have a business calculator, but some students are partial to their TI 84 calculators.  Some professors allow them, but some of my colleagues do not.

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Thank you! I don't mind buying a different kind of calculator if needed. I just don't want to be sorry that I could have upgraded this year and saved myself from buying another similar calculator next year. 

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That depends on the teacher. The calculus teachers at UT Dallas did not allow any graphing calculators on their quizzes or tests. My dd was very relieved when we found that out because neither of us really knew how to use them.

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Scientific calculators are very inexpensive - for example they don't allow graphing calculators for my son's college physics class tests so picked up a scientific calculator.  See post above for example.

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