Graphing Calculator Policies

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    Is a graphing calculator required?

    At Capilano University, the Mathematics and Statistics Department believes that the graphing calculator greatly enhances mathematics instruction and learning.  Consequently, we have fully integrated this technology into all courses numbered Math 101 and higher, with the exception of Math 123 and Math 190.  Students enrolling in these courses are required to have a graphing calculator.  For 100-level courses (excluding Math 123 and Math 190) and Math 205, we recommend a Texas Instruments TI-83 Plus or TI-84 Plus calculator.  Math 230 and Math 235 require a graphing calculator with symbolic capabilities.  For these courses we recommend a TI-89 calculator.



    Why the TI-83 Plus or TI-84 Plus?

    Since it is not feasible to offer instruction on all brands of calculators, we have standardized on the TI-83 Plus and TI-84 Plus models.  These models have the capabilities required for our first year courses and are not capable of symbolic operations. Symbolic calculators such as the TI-89 or Voyage 200 (or the equivalent in another brand name; e.g. Sharp, Casio, etc) are not allowed in any first year math course.

    In first year courses, instruction (classroom and workshop) on how to use a graphing calculator will be given only on the TI-83 Plus or TI-84 Plus models .


    Why a TI-89?

    The TI-89 is a symbolic calculator with a style that is very similar to the TI-83 Plus and TI-84 Plus models.  Since the TI-83 Plus and TI-84 Plus calculators are used in 100-level Math courses at Capilano University, the transition from these calculators to the TI-89 is easier than it would be for a different symbolic calculator.

    In second year courses requiring a graphing calculator with symbolic capabilities, classroom instruction on how to use such a calculator will be given only on the TI-89.


    What about other brands of calculators?

    Students who wish to use a different brand of calculator must have it approved by their math instructor at the start of the semester and be prepared to learn how to use it on their own.  It is the student's responsibility to ensure that the features of their calculator are reasonably equivalent to those of the TI model used in the classroom.


    What about the Term Rental Program?

    The Mathematics Department has a limited number of TI-84 Plus and TI-89 calculators that may be rented on a term basis through the Capilano University Bookstore. Students taking a first year Mathematics course may rent for one term a TI-84 Plus calculator at a non-refundable cost of $20.00 (including tax). Second year mathematics students may rent the TI-89 for one term at a non-refundable cost of $30.00 (including tax).

    To rent a calculator, go to the cashier’s station in the Bookstore and inquire about the rental program. You will be required to sign a rental agreement and you will be given a due date for the return of that calculator. Calculators must be returned by the date shown on the rental agreement form. Students who fail to return calculators by the due date will be required to pay an overdue fine and will have their University records sealed until the calculator is returned. Students are responsible for the full replacement cost of the calculator if lost or damaged. Students planning to take a number of math or science courses are strongly encouraged to purchase their own calculator.