I love arithmetic…numbers, fractions, decimals, percents; I love algebra…solving equations. I loath geometry…axioms, theorems, proofs. I simply fail to see until now. Enter Casio PRIZM fx-CG10, the graphing calculator, that does it all, specifically Pre-Algebra, Algebra I and II, Geometry, trigonometry, Calculus, AOP Calculus, AP Statistics, Biology, Chemistry, Finance & Business, Linear Algebra, Differential Equations and Distance Learning.

I wish I had a full color LCD graphing calculator back in my school days when most adding machines did just that, nothing more. OK, so I exaggerate a trifle BUT its innovative technology would have gone a long way to lighten the common core standards for STEM education load on junior and senior high students. Back then standard student supplies were paper, pencil, eraser (hopefully), textbook, and library (optionally). Computers and calculators were heavy, big, bulky and certainly not portable a half century ago.

Technology and electronics no longer makes things bigger and better. Rather it makes them smaller and better. Just got a chance to use PRIZM for myself. Its energy-saving, full-color LCD, high resolution screen, Picture Plot function can handle anything middle school, high school, perhaps even college subject and even be used legally on AP, SAT I/II, PSAT/NMSQT and ACT tests.

All thumbs me constantly hits the wrong button…but no worry, mama. The Casio PRIZM goes back to where you were before your oops. Whats more, it has the ability to run in different modes. Calculation capabilities include regular calculations basic operations, fractions, decimals, percents; statistics, note taking, spreadsheet, equation solver, geometry modes; graphing and picture plot; scientific, data collection, financial.

Personally I like its textbook display and color coded bracket features that make problem solving easier. Granted it is the student’s brain not its supplies that does the actual work BUT with the Casio PRIZM the work just goes faster allowing the student time to review work before submitting it making for better test scores, better assignments, and better grades.

Technical specs:

- 216 x 384 pixel display
- 65,536 colors
- 28 variables
- 61,440 bytes program capacity
- USB port
- 16 MB storage memory capacity
- four AAA non-rechargeable alkaline batteries (140 hours life)
- 81″ x 3.52″ X 7.42″ dimensions
- .51 lb. weight (including batteries)

Afraid this calculator is too much for you? Casio with its PRIZM guided tour, free online training, lesson library, software updates, makes this tool easy to use. Seeing a full textbook-style display, picture plot from real -life pictures, functions that leverage color graphing, and letting you connect the PRIZM to a Casio projector makes this the SHOW and Tell find of all time.

The Casio PRIZM may not be a full computer or loaded cell phone but who cares. It does the job excellently and allows its users to use the phone and computers simultaneously for other fun things at home.

The SMLP of the Cadsio PRIZM is $129.98. It is available online at amazon and in many stores nationwide including Target, Best Buys, Staples, office Max, Office Depot, Walmart, Kmart, J&R, radio Shack, Meijer, Fisher Hawaii, Costco, PC Richards, Fry, Sam’s Club, Walgreens, Bartell Drugs, CVS, and Bi-mart. The fact that so many major retailers have this product in their inventory speaks well of its value and market share.

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