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No graphing calculators allowed?!?

It was surprising to me to find out that graphing calculators are NOT ALLOWED at UTD. At least that's what it says on the syllabus for my MATH 1316 Trigonometry class.

Damn. I was really looking forward to using Bruce's old graphing calculator. I consider it my Artifact (Warehouse 13), my good luck charm, my Grad school student pacifier. And they say I noe can haz. Waaaah!

Ahem.

I looked at some of the low-end Texas Instruments models, but I found the wobbly, crooked keys very distracting. The high-end is the TI-36X Pro Scientific Calculator. The reviewers on Amazon.com confirm that most universities do not allow graphing calculators and they highly recommend the 36X Pro. Before I actually purchase one though, I want to see/paw/poke at one in a retail store. Tomorrow I will take a trip to the Campus bookstore to see if they have any in stock. (I have to go there for textbooks anyway.) If they don't, then I'm off to Staples.