Texas Instruments TI-30XS Mulitview Scientific Calculator Review

| July 25, 2013 | 0 Comments

 TI-30xs Multiview  Calculator Review

TI-30XS Multiview Calculator stands on its own as a great scientific calculator for beginners, but it lacks a lot of calculation power found in more advanced calculators like the TI-36X Pro . This is a very user-friendly calculator above all. Its four-line display is easy on the eyes and the memory as several equations can be held on the screen at once. Even better, the home screen is scrollable and includes a cut/paste function to incorporate previous outputs into new equations. This calculator features TI’s Mathprint™ which makes your input look just like the writing you generally see in textbooks: fractions are vertical and square root signs actually house numbers entirely. Enjoy seeing the pi’s symbolic depiction, generating random numbers, and converting angles between degrees, radians and grads. The keys are made of hard plastic and organized much in the same way of graphing calculators, and the solar panel prolongs the battery power. Like most TI-s, the TI-30XS Multiview Calculator comes with non-skid rubber feet and snap-on protective case.

Now, let’s talk about actual mathematical capability. High school students: this calculator is a charming step stool to the big bad world of math. Engineers, physicists and statisticians: this calculator is the best calculator for high school students. Even its custom color options scream teenager. This calculator simplifies fractions, and does up to two-variable statistics. Don’t try solving polynomials or finding derivatives because it won’t know what you’re talking about.

The NCEES PE & FE guidelines do allow this calculator to be used. However, it may be wise to invest in something a little more advanced for such an exam. This calculator is geared more towards lower-level exams like the SAT, ACT and AP exams. As enjoyable and useful as the stacked fraction function, the ability to switch between improper and mixed number fractions, or toggling between exact numbers and approximations are, other functions will serve you better in a test as complex and mathematically involved as the NCEES PE and FE. For example, compared to its more advanced counterpart, the TI-36x Pro, this calculator lacks the ability to solve complex equations and perform matrices. Some of the features you can enjoy on this calculator include x,y table lists (made possible by the four-line display), and outputs written out in scientific notation, where superscripts are written out as they would be on a sheet of paper. For those in biology, pre-algebra, algebra 1 and 2, or general chemistry classes that don’t allow the use of graphing calculators, the TI-30XS Multiview Calculator might be your best bet.

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