Casio FX-85GTPLUS Scientific Calculator - £5.50 in Asda
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Casio FX-85GTPLUS Scientific Calculator - £5.50 in Asda

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Found 18th Aug 2015
Excellent price. Found in Lower Earley in their back to school section. I'm guessing it's nationwide.

Amazon - £8.99
Argos - £10.99
Staples - £10
WHSmith - £9.59.
Asda Online - £7.97.

oh.. forgot to mention, they have the FX-83GTPlus for £4.50 (same price as Tesco)

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heat, Perhaps we ought to mention this is one of the calculators that secondary schools like you to get for your kids as the teachers seem to be trained around this one, so help can be given, even amongst the children as they are conforming to one type.

I used this exact calculator for GCSE and A Level Mathematics/Physics/Biology/Chemistry and 5 years of Mechanical Engineering at university. Good price at £5.50, I normally paid £13.00 in the local student union.

Give me a FX-82LB any day

What's wrong with £1 shop calculator?

srk76

What's wrong with £1 shop calculator?



Scientific calculator for a pound?

Got one in Asda Chesser today.

MR GUS

heat, Perhaps we ought to mention this is one of the calculators that … heat, Perhaps we ought to mention this is one of the calculators that secondary schools like you to get for your kids as the teachers seem to be trained around this one, so help can be given, even amongst the children as they are conforming to one type.



srk76

What's wrong with £1 shop calculator?



This model (and it's sister, the 83GT PLUS, which is the same but without the solar panel) are great calculators. It isn't that teachers are trained to use any particular model, but these are particularly easy for students to use because they show you what you've typed in in the way it would be written (e.g. fractions are written as fractions, even if they have functions inside them). This also means when a student gets a syntax error, it is easier to spot and correct. Additionally, there are a few extra functions that most other models of scientific calculator do not have e.g. express a number as a product of its prime factors and also giving answers as surds.

Any scientific calculator will have enough functionality to get a student through GCSE Mathematics, including the new specifications with numerical grading which will be sat from May 2017. But others are harder to use, particularly some of the old TEXET ones, where to find sin 30 you had to type the 30 before pressing the "sin" button.

It is also useful for students to have the same model as the other students they sit with so that they can help each other learn to use it.

If your son/daughter will be at high school in September and doesn't yet own a scientific calculator, I would strongly encourage you to get either an 83GT-PLUS or an 85GT-PLUS.

skipster3000

But others are harder to use, particularly some of the old TEXET ones, … But others are harder to use, particularly some of the old TEXET ones, where to find sin 30 you had to type the 30 before pressing the "sin" button.


The Casio models I used at school and University were exactly like that. Then when the display started to fail about 20 years later, I have to adjust to the new syntax.

Maths teacher here. Get this calculator for your kids: students with these ones always cope better in lessons/exams because they can make the input look like the question. This is particularly important now that trigonometry is on the foundation syllabus as well (for those sitting the exam in 2017 onwards).

Seriously, there is no substitute for this calculator. Especially not that awful iphone calculator...just don't...

Also, same price in Tesco
Edited by: "gav989" 19th Aug 2015

srk76

What's wrong with £1 shop calculator?



Put into a cheap calculator

1 divided by 3 =


Then multiply by 3 =


It should give 1

But it will give 0.99999999

apple mac does the same

nickcardwell

Put into a cheap calculator1 divided by 3 =Then multiply by 3 =It should … Put into a cheap calculator1 divided by 3 =Then multiply by 3 =It should give 1But it will give 0.99999999



Apple mac does the same..

same price as 20 years ago..very good value
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