**Calculator Policy August 2001**

Dear Parent and Math Student,

All of the up-to-standards
texts make use of the calculator. It is
a technology tool that all students need to use to be successful. As a result, we strongly recommend that each
student purchase his or her own calculator.
To make the best use of your calculator, you need to use it
frequently. In this way you will
eventually learn most of its functions and you will become proficient in its
use. __It is the student’s
responsibility to learn how to operate his or her own calculator__.

The MCAS exam requires the
use of a calculator on two out of the three math sessions. You should be aware that calculators are
permitted on the College Board examinations.
They are required for the Calculus AP exam. You should look into what models are
acceptable for you on the SAT’s since there are guidelines to follow. Some options that are not permitted are a
typewrite-like keypad, paper tape p

For the Algebra I and
Geometry classes, we recommend a scientific calculator. Look for a model that has these
functions: fractions, exponents,
positive and negative values, square root, powe^{y} or y^{x}),
pi and reciprocal (1/x). This could be
the Casio fx-65, Texas Instrument 30 or 36, or any comparable model by another
manufacturer. The Algebra I Part A and
Part B texts use the TI-30.

For Algebra II and above, we
recommend a graphing calculator. One
very good model is the Casio 9850GaPlus.
However, the Texas Instrument models from 82 up to 89 are all very good
choices. Generally, the higher the
model’s number, the more advanced options the calculator will have.