All math classes at Whatcom Community College require students to use a graphing calculator. Scientific calculators may be used in MATH 97. The preferred calculator used by WCC instructors is the Texas Instrument TI 84 Plus Silver Edition. Very similar to the TI 84 Plus are the TI-82, TI-83, and the TI-84 models.
WCC students enrolled in a math class may check out TI calculators from the library at the beginning of each quarter.
Some students use either the TI-85 or the TI-86. The TI-85 does not have a table function while the TI-86 does. Both work fine. The difference between TI-82, 83 and 84 type and TI-85 and 86 type of calculators is the "menu" and some advanced features. Students unfamiliar with technology find the TI-85 and TI-86 more intimidating than the TI-82, TI-83, or TI-84 models.
Other calculators (HP, Casio, etc.) may be used, but they must duplicate the operations of the calculators that we use in class. Symbolic manipulators such as the TI-89, TI-92, or other similar equipment may NOT be used on exams. If a calculator-based program is shared in class, students with other calculators will be expected to obtain similar programs for these routines for their own machines.