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#1 Nittany_Lion

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Posted 23 March 2012 - 06:58 PM

Taking the Electrical PE in April for the second time....first time was 2001 when it was in essay form YUK!. Since Calc requirements have changed in 11 yrs and so has the exam format I would like to know which calculator is the forums favorite and why. I'm a HP guy and love my 48SX but can't use that one also purchased a HP 33S a few yrs ago to prep for the exam but don't care for it. So which one guys????

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Posted 23 March 2012 - 07:00 PM

From a fellow EE(Power), go with this one: Casio FX-115ES

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Posted 23 March 2012 - 07:27 PM

From another fellow EE (power), I used the TI-36X II and it worked fine for the exam. A few other threads on similar topics are listed below.

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Posted 23 March 2012 - 07:34 PM

Second for the casio Fx-115ES for complex math.

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Posted 23 March 2012 - 07:39 PM

Casio. It does the complex A+Bi or for power:
S /_ = P + j Q
math quite nicely.

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Posted 24 March 2012 - 03:06 AM

Thanks for the info....I got the Casio today after work. I'm also a power guy!

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Posted 26 March 2012 - 12:59 AM

Taking the Electrical PE in April for the second time....first time was 2001 when it was in essay form YUK!. Since Calc requirements have changed in 11 yrs and so has the exam format I would like to know which calculator is the forums favorite and why. I'm a HP guy and love my 48SX but can't use that one also purchased a HP 33S a few yrs ago to prep for the exam but don't care for it. So which one guys????


Since you are a HP guy, I take it you are fastest and most self assured with RPN. I would go with a HP in that case. I took in the 35S and the Fx-115ES and used the 35S in algebraic mode due to not having to look if a key entry registered and the right number of times due to the good key action of the 35S. Take in at least one alternate calculator for things you need it for. Learn to use all, but go with what is most comfortable.

Another thing I did, after reading the instructions carefully and finding I could take a compass and a straight edge, was to take both. The compass was a 180 degree one and the straight edge was a steel ruler. I thought that they would be useful if I came across a problem that I wanted to solve geometrically or I wanted to accurately draw something out. They turned out to be useful as bookmarks.

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Posted 11 April 2012 - 04:14 PM

I really like the TI-36X Pro. The functions are easy to understand and it has certain constants already stored in it (Plancks constant, speed of light, permittivity constants, etc.) They are also reasonably priced at about $25 dollars at Staples. I bought two just in case I need a back up.

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Posted 13 June 2012 - 08:36 PM

I passed the April Power test with the Casio FX115-Es. Like others have said I think it is the best for complex numbers which you will need with the power test.

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Posted 14 June 2012 - 03:45 PM

I passed with the TI-36X Pro, bought the Casio FX115-ES as well but couldn't stand it. I've always used TI's through school so am just used to the way everything works with them. It seems to be on par with the Casio in everything it can do.

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Posted 20 June 2012 - 07:13 PM

My familiarity with TI made me want to stick when them. I used a couple of other models for the FE in Oct '11, but I got the TI-36X Pro for the PE and never looked back. It's become my work calculator! The ease of use, multiview, and the speed with which you can go back and forth between forms and work with complex numbers saved probably an hour's worth of calculations in the exam. I really wish I had found it for the FE!




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