Calculator Policy

We recognize that calculators can be useful tools in understanding and exploring mathematical concepts. They can also help to reduce the computational demand present in problems. Your instructor will determine what level of calculator use is appropriate for your class. This will be in your syllabus. Please consult your syllabus for specific guidelines for your course as use varies widely within the department.

The following calculator policies hold for the entire department.

If you are in MAT 121, 133, 191, 192, or 293 the Mercer University Mathematics Department policy is as follows: If your instructor plans to use a calculator for in class activities and demonstrations, you should check to see what calculator they will use. All professors currently use TI calculators and most use a TI-84 Plus. If you are permitted to use a calculator on a test please keep in mind that:

"Any misuse of a calculator on a test is a violation of Mercer's Honor Code. Use of a calculator with built-in or downloaded computer algebra system functionality is not permitted. Additionally, using the calculator's storage facility to store formulas, equations, text, etc. is a violation of the Honor Code. Unless otherwise stated, the graphing calculator is only to be used for numeric computation and for graphing. If you (the student) are unsure of the correctness of using a capability of the calculator, the student should consult their instructor."

A partial listing of prohibited calculators (or equivalent) include:

Texas Instruments:

  • All model numbers that begin with TI-89 or TI-92
  • TI-Nspire CAS—Note: The TI-Nspire (non-CAS) is permitted.


  • HP Prime
  • HP 48GII
  • All model numbers that begin with HP 40G, HP 49G, or HP 50G


  • fx-CP400 (ClassPad 400)
  • ClassPad 300
  • ClassPad 330
  • Algebra fx 2.0
  • All model numbers that begin with CFX-9970G

Handheld, tablet, or laptop computers, including PDAs

Electronic writing pads or pen-input devices

Calculators built into cell phones or any other electronic communication devices

Calculators with a typewriter keypad (letter keys in QWERTY format) Note: Letter keys not in QWERTY format are permitted.