Scientific calculators?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by Yell-O, Sep 30, 2012.

  1. Yell-O macrumors newbie

    Jul 2, 2012
    Does anyone know of a good scientific/graphing calculator app that has the same functions as a Ti 84-89. Basically I need it for calculus and engineering stuff when I don't feel like pulling out a real calculator...
  2. MathRulz macrumors regular

    Apr 15, 2011
    Texas Instruments sells its TI SmartView 84 Plus emulator software for both Windows and Mac OS.

    I have used it on Windows and it works well. I haven't used the Mac version.
  3. paolo- macrumors 6502a

    Aug 24, 2008
    159$ is laughable. You can get MATLAB's student licence for 89$...

    I personally use spotlight (command+space) for little calculations. Mac OS' Grapher for plotting simple functions. I run Python in terminal for algebraic math in simple problems. And finally MATLAB when **** gets real.

    There's also PEMDAS for the dashboard that's pretty decent and more calculator like.
  4. MathRulz macrumors regular

    Apr 15, 2011
    I paid $0. Check your institution. You said you wanted graphing calculator software that had the same functions as a TI 84. That's not what Matlab is. Can't get closer than this emulator. I use Wolfram's Mathematica for the heavy duty stuff or for projects I assign. Mathematica is the premier symbolic math program. Our students get it free for the year. Matlab seems to be more popular in engineering departments though.
  5. telecomm macrumors 65816


    Nov 30, 2003
    Nice! Didn't know about that one. (For serious stuff I've been using Sage recently.)
  6. istlota macrumors newbie

    Sep 10, 2010
    I personally see no wisdom in spending a hundred bucks or so for a graphing calculator unless that is a requirement for a course in which you are enrolled. Even then, some profs will not allow graphing calcs to be used during exams. As a tool for use doing homework assignments, Grapher, which is bundled with Mac OS X, is actually not a bad graphing calc app.

    But, as suggested in earlier posts here, there are some situations when coding graphs using python offers advantages over a graphing calculator. Producing research paper quality work is one of those situations. It is not necessary to buy a MATLAB license. An excellent open source alternative to MATLAB, used by many scientists, is matplotlib:

    There are many excellent matplotlib tutorials on the Net. My favorite is :

    Engineering/science undergrads and beyond would be well served to become familiar with open source scientific packages for python such as [sympy (a CAS), numpy, scipy, matplotlib, and mayavi] which are bundled with sage if that is the Way you wish to go:

    My personal choice was to install MacPorts of the open source scientific packages, rather than sage, because I wanted to use PyCharm as my python IDE:

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