UW Mathematics Society

Calculator Policy

Effective Fall 2015

To ensure that all students have equal access to calculators, a small number of calculators have been approved for use. The three approved calculators are:
  • TI 30X II (Either the 'S' (Solar) or 'B' (Battery) version of this model are acceptable).
  • Casio fx-300MS
  • Sharp EL 531X
The Texas Instruments (TI) 30X II calculator is also approved for use in the Society of Actuaries exams. Orientation kits include this calculator with a pink tie logo already on them. If you do not attend orientation, or would like to purchase an approved calculator that has a pink tie logo, you can do so on campus at the Campus Tech shop in the Student Life Centre (SLC), Write Stuff in South Campus Hall (SCH), or the Mathematics Society (MathSoc) office in Mathematics & Computing Building (MC 3038).


  1. If you wish to purchase an approved calculator other than on campus it will not have the pink tie logo on it and will not be allowed for use on exams without the pink tie logo. We ahve a limited number of pink tie logo stickers that we can affix to such calculators. If you would like a pink tie logo sticker affixed to your approved calculator, please bring it to the Math Undergrad Office (MC 4022). Note these stickers are very limited and once the supply is exhausted we will not be giving out any more.
  2. The faculties of Science and Engineering have adopted teh TI 30X II for use in their courses with their own logos (blue googles for Science, and yellow hard hats for Engineering). These calculators will also be allowed in place of the pink tie calculators.