Calculators

The Mathematics Department at Illinois State University uses calculators and computers in many of its courses. In some courses, it is required that students have available in and out of class a specific type of calculator. This department web page is intended to provide information about calculator requirements to current students, future students, and others who are interested.

Calculator Requirements

Calculator requirements fall into two categories within the Mathematics Department:

  1. When a graphing calculator is required in a course at or below the precalculus content level, the department strongly recommends that students have a Texas Instruments TI-83 graphing calculator.

  2. When a graphing calculator is required in a course at or above the Calculus content level, the department strongly recommends that students have a Texas Instruments TI-89 graphing calculator.

In courses where a TI-83 or a TI-89 is strongly recommended:

Thinking of Getting a New Calculator?

If you do not currently own a calculator that is acceptable for your course, or you are thinking about getting a new calculator, consider the following suggestions to help choose the best calculator to purchase for mathematics.