Scientific Calculator £1 @ Poundland instore
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Scientific Calculator £1 @ Poundland instore

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Found 16th Sep 2013
Needed to buy one for my son's secondary school and the price in Tesco is £8, WH Smith £8.99, Amazon around £6 Got it from poundland for a £1

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good deal
heat added

May be a false economy; exams usually require a calculator from a limited list of approved models.

Also, like all electronic devices, all models have odd glitches, bugs and odd ways of working. If this is a less common device, teachers may place little emphasis on drawing their pupils' attention to them and describing ways to work around them.

Casio or TI always used to be safe bets when I was a lad. Sharp too, probably. Casio fx-83GT plus for £7.99 from Argos is "allowed in every UK exam where a calculator can be used." according to casio.co.uk/pro…UH/.

Yep , bought my daughter one of these when she asked for a 'scientific calculator' and ,from her reaction, you would have thought I had wiped her sandwiches around the toilet bowl. Had to be a casio apparently

Rather spend a few quid and get a decent Casio one! :-)

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Is it there any reason why do you think that this calculator is no good or only bad thing is that isn't Casio....

The problem with it is that if you buy your child this calculator they will be laughed at by the other children. That's usually the reason why kids want a branded one

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patchypirates

The problem with it is that if you buy your child this calculator they … The problem with it is that if you buy your child this calculator they will be laughed at by the other children. That's usually the reason why kids want a branded one


If that's the only problem, than it's not a problem realy, as long as it work properly

Casio ones are what everyone had when we were at school. They are the benchmark for scientific calculaters. For basic calculators £1 ones are allright! :-)

...or Sharp come to think of it! :-)

Speaking as a maths teacher, I would strongly recommend the Casio FX-83GT Plus or its sister model the GX-85GT Plus (Solar powered). The 85 is currently available for just £4 in Tesco which is an absolute steal. I tried buying some cheapo ones from Lidl a couple of years ago but they proved a false economy as they stopped working pretty quickly.

From a slightly selfish perspective, it also helps me a lot if as many as the kids as possible are using the same machine as it makes it a lot easier to demonstrate how to use them effectively.

these are crap... and this is coming from a student
get this tesco.com/dir…prd

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Don't see any major argument against it. Hot from me

it always amazes me how the price always comes to a nice round number when i shop here.

I'm a maths teacher and I can honestly say these are rubbish. Get a Casio one the first time. The pi button is so small kids can rarely find it, the trig functionality is so complicated. The Casio ones you can see the whole line of working which is really useful for correcting mistakes.

alisonrd

Is it there any reason why do you think that this calculator is no good … Is it there any reason why do you think that this calculator is no good or only bad thing is that isn't Casio....



It can be a bit more awkward to use. Finding the sin of an angle is done by typing the angle first and then pressing sin, casio calculators let you input them they way you would write it.

As a student I'd also highly recommend not buying one of these. Its not that they're not worth the price (if you need a slightly advanced calculator for home use then its great) but it has nothing to do with the brand of the calculator, this one isn't good enough for the majority of high school exam. It has a weird way to type in numbers meaning trigonometry etc is harder to do and it's well worth spending the extra few quid on a better one.

Regardless of how good or bad a calculator it is, £1 is still a very good deal, heat added!

I'd rather save a penny and get one from the 99p store...:{

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Most mobile phone have a "free" scientific calculator if you DO need one for any reason saving you £1, or if your mobile doesn't have one you could use a free one by googling "free scientific calculator" (other search engines are available, you can google them oO )... draws breath... but for school / students etc, you'll need to be Casio-ing


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If it is a choice of this or a non-scientific calculator then get this. However, I'd be pretty confident it doesn't give surd answers; on a lot of modern Sharp/Casio calculators you can press √15 / √5 and it will say √3. On this you'd probably have to type 15√/(5√) and even then it would most likely give you the answer as a decimal. When working in radians, you can expect it to give you decimal equivalents instead of giving rational multiples of pi. And then there is the point Coldape was making. If you want your son/daughter to have the best chance at higher GCSE, A Level etc then I'd pay £6-£8 for a modern Sharp/Casio.

rotor

Yep , bought my daughter one of these when she asked for a 'scientific … Yep , bought my daughter one of these when she asked for a 'scientific calculator' and ,from her reaction, you would have thought I had wiped her sandwiches around the toilet bowl. Had to be a casio apparently



just had that problem with my DD. I suggested the £2 Asda one, but nooooo it had to be the £6 casio one.

I am a secondary school teacher and have come across many calculators bought from poundland that just stop working, so I wouldnt recommend them.

In our school we buy in calculators to sell to the kids for £3.75 and they are the modern Casio calculators around £7 in the shops. I would ask your child to ask in school if they can order one in.

The main problems with these calculators I find is that the buttons are not used in the same way as the Casio, eg if you want to work out sin 50 then on these calculators you type 50 sin, which isnt good form. Also for square root of 70, you type 70 square root - this confuses kids.

As a maths teacher, I would recommend spending an extra few pounds on a model that does trigonometry and the like the same way as it is written. This model will make life more difficult as a student. However, it would be allowed in an exam (contrary to comment above), and you could just learn to use it properly (as some of my students have done).

As a maths teacher I can't recommend such a cheap calculator. It's basic (despite having scientific functions) and any calculator which doesn't have a 2 line display is severely lacking in my experience.

Not all are created equal and most teachers/schools have their own preferred model which will have specific features and methods of input.

I think this calculator is fine for children upto Y11... Maths only gets harder at as+

Looks and sounds like junk to me!

cant complain for a quid!
Edited by: "intenso100" 16th Sep 2013

BargainfinderUK

I think this calculator is fine for children upto Y11... Maths only gets … I think this calculator is fine for children upto Y11... Maths only gets harder at as+



it probably is. once you start doing real maths you don't use a calculator at all

Been there done that wouldn't recommend .... Had to buy another... :-)

The Casio FX-83GT Plus was in Staples at 4.99. Trust me it really is more than 5 x the calculator of the Poundland 1. I'd go as to say it's a brilliant calculator!

It's also on 3 for 2 if you can find a couple of parents (or if you have more than 1 child), so £3.33 each calc. for something sooooo much superior. As discussed it allows you to enter in a format that you enter things as you see them, fraction calculations, cursor editable.... I could go on.

Sure for a quid the poundland one seems good value, but don't skimp on giving your kids the right tools for the right job.

Heat for price but even at home I'd just use an app RealCalc is pretty awesome on my phone.

Please don't hamper your son with this PoS when at school remember he has to compete with fancy modern calculators that are recommended to be used by the exam board! I still use my secondary school calculator and it cost me £15 in like 2000.

Edited by: "buttmonkey" 16th Sep 2013

I have a Masters in Physics so I've used calculators a fair bit. I'd recommend getting something like this Casio: amazon.co.uk/Cas…tor

Casio calculators are very intuitive, the teacher will know how to use it and if your child is going on to study maths or science at a higher level then the advanced features will be extremely useful.

They're also built to last. My Dad's Casio from over 30 years ago is still going strong.


tl;dr: If you can work out how to use it, this will be ok for GCSE Maths. Otherwise, get a Casio.

Believe me this is crap and is false economy. This calculator will stop working in 3 to 6 months. I changed this 3 times for my son and got him a casio one.

Also a maths teacher, get the Casio instead. Most kids don't know how to use their calculator and teachers will usually give the class instructions relating to the majority brand (casio): the example of "sin 50" vs "50 sin" is a good one. We don't have time to give a separate explanation for every cheap calculator people bring in.

I love how many of us teachers have rushed to comment on this, not necessarily to advise others on calculator purchases, mostly to vent about how these calculators ruin our lessons.

I use a calculator very frequently and have done through school and I would recommend highly spending money on a decent calculator such as the casio fx83gt. It makes maths a lot easier to do have a much better interface for fractions and other notations.

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Edited by: "TheHoss" 16th Sep 2013

cowbutt

May be a false economy; exams usually require a calculator from a limited … May be a false economy; exams usually require a calculator from a limited list of approved models.Also, like all electronic devices, all models have odd glitches, bugs and odd ways of working. If this is a less common device, teachers may place little emphasis on drawing their pupils' attention to them and describing ways to work around them.Casio or TI always used to be safe bets when I was a lad. Sharp too, probably. Casio fx-83GT plus for £7.99 from Argos is "allowed in every UK exam where a calculator can be used." according to http://www.casio.co.uk/products/calculators/scientific-calculators/Product/FX-83GTPLUS-SB-UH/.



lol I bought loads of those casio 83s and 85s for 25p and 50p from Tesco last year - got over 100 83s and over 50 85s from various stores - sold some and gave some to my kids school
Edited by: "royals" 17th Sep 2013
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