# Calculators

You will need a scientific calculator for examinations. It should have trigonometric functions (with degrees and radians), roots and powers, exponents, logarithms, factorials, combinations and permutations. A fraction key is also useful. You do not need a graphical calculator. Some people borrow calculators for exams. This is not a good idea because you will not be familiar with it and you shouldn't waste time in exams learning how to work your calculator.

The college examination regulations state that:

'The unauthorised use of material stored in a pre-programmable memory will constitute academic misconduct. You are advised to use a calculator without this facility.'

If you have a programmable calculator you must clear the memory before entering the exam room.

### Recommended Calculators

The following calculators have all the required functions and currently cost under £10.

Casio fx-83 ES Scientific Calculator

Casio fx-83 GT Scientific Calculator

Casio fx-83 GT Plus Scientific Calculator

Casio fx-85 MS Scientific Calculator

Casio fx-992S Scientific Calculator

As Sharp seem to produce a number of versions of essentially the same calculator, the word *series* is used to indicate any model with the preceding text at the start of its model name.

Sharp EL–501 *series*Sharp EL–511

*series*

Sharp EL–520

*series*

Sharp EL–531

*series*

If you wish to use any other calculator in an exam you must obtain an approved calculator form and have it signed by a member of academic staff. Forms can be obtained from the School office or downloaded from below.

Calculator approval form: