|Re: What's the best calculator for a college Physics course?|
Message #2 Posted by Dave Shaffer (Arizona) on 7 Jan 2008, 3:31 p.m.,
in response to message #1 by Ron G.
What physics course(s)? And, will he be taking higher math courses, too (like calculus)?
For the first two or three semesters of intro physics courses (mechanics, E&M, modern physics), anything with scientific notation, trig, and exponential/log functions should be adequate. Square root and square are mighty convenient, too!
I used to teach both algebra- and calculus-based intro courses and I never used, nor expected my students to have, anything more complicated.
In the HP line, the new 35S should do nicely.
I took calculus back in the days lo-o-o-o-ng before calculators and managed quite handily. The fancier HP and TIs are apparantly thought to be almost necessary for such classes now, though. Others here can comment on that.