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Recommend to all my pupils
Casio FX 83 ES
Member Name: fififo
Casio FX 83 ES
Date: 11/11/12, updated on 12/11/12 (62 review reads)
Advantages: Easy to use
Disadvantages: Can swap modes accidently
I was given this calculator free at a conference for maths teachers and was delighted with the gift. I've had it for at least three years now and its still going strong with daily use (including the odd lend to a pupil).
As a scientific calculator, it has all the functions you would expect including powers and roots, trig functions, fraction keys, π and follows the mathematical standard BODMAS rules for calculation. It also allows you to easily swap between the different measures of angles and displays on screen which measure you are using. It will also give answers in a selected format either exact values (including surds and fractions) or decimals. You can set the calculator to one of these but also swap between options by the use of one button.
From my perspective as a maths teacher, I recommend this calculator to pupils because of the following strengths:
* Calculations, including applying a trig function, are input in the same order that they are written in class work and exams (this is not true of all calculators.
* The description on buttons are very clear and again are similar to what would be used in written work. In my experience, most pupils can navigate their way around this keyboard with less support than other calculator makes.
* The navigation button in the middle allows for checking of work where an incorrect working is obtained so pupils can see any keying errors.
The one drawback that this calculator has is that it can change its setting if left loose in your bag. This can be easily rectified by using the reset key or changing the mode but can be off putting and lead to potential errors if not checked.
From a teaching perspective it comes with good support. I have purchased a piece of software that allows me to project they keyboard onto the smart screen so allowing me to walk pupils through any calculations being done for the first time.
Overall I would say this is a great wee calculator which will see any child through their high school maths career.
Summary: Good calculator.