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Tips On Using Scientific Calculators

By on Mar 31, 2007 in Tech Takes | 9 comments

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I’m really bad at calculations. I may get the theory behind something, but the calculations make me sick. I still manually write down anything I’m carrying over while doing even simple additions. No wonder I’ve always loved calculators – in fact, I’ve been using it since a long time, and even scientific calculators for much longer than other people who only start using them (at least in India) in higher classes. Well, that may well be a reason why that problem remains. And maybe it’s also the reason why I want to give the SAT (because they allow calculators!).

However, not many people use them here – I’ve seen very strange stares at school when I’m tapping away at my Casio in school. Most look at it as if it’s The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy / some piece of alien technology. What prompted this post was the fact that many people couldn’t figure out the functions. So here are some handy tips on scientific calculators. Note that since I use Casio, my advice may only work for those ones, but then again, most use Casio anyway.

Although I use calculators a lot, I never give over the task of actual theoretical equations solving over to them. Neither should you, or you will NOT get the concepts. You can start using built-in equation solvers maybe when you’re actually working when you grow up, but at least right now, I don’t do it, neither do I think anyone should.



9 Comments

  1. eeshu

    April 3, 2007

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    Oh man.. This one should have come up months ago. U see, it is not usual that rachit sets his eyes on my CASIO fx-300MS(yes, with SVPAM, and dual power, and loads of functions..) it took him hours to figuge out why doesnt a number dissapear after punching in the +/-/x/% operator… Dual line displays are not his cup of tea. And then, the switching off as usual. Ya, he was also trying to write his latest poem on the calc… shows his superb innovation.

  2. Rach

    April 5, 2007

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    abbey oi!!! wen was i trying to do that??? stop doing this. anyway, i have a far more advanced calculator than eeshu’s fx-(watever model it is).
    listen, i expect an apology immediately, bcoz clearly, this whole situation has been fictionalized!!! moronic as i mite be, i’m not that moronic!!!!

  3. GQ

    April 5, 2007

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    @Rach: Writing a poem on a calc is definitely not moronic, I’d call that pretty innovative. ;) BTW, you said that Casio fx-300MS doesn’t have alphabets, but I checked the Casio site and it showed that it DOES have alphabets. :p Which one are you gonna use for SAT though?

  4. Rach

    April 7, 2007

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    oi, the one eeshu brot 2 school didn’t have alphabets. or maybe, it did and i didn’t notice them. and anyway, u can’t write out a poem using just A,B,C,D,E,F,X,Y and M (or can u?? definitely a good challenge…).
    anyways, i’ll use fx-100MS or fx-991 MS.

  5. GQ

    April 7, 2007

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    Why don’t YOU take that up as a challenge Rach? Writing a poem with only those many letters? I’m sure you’ll be able to keep it funny as usual, and the best thing is, if you get bored, like you usually do, then you can simply clear the data with one button press!

  6. Rach

    April 7, 2007

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    already gave up the idea. figured that calcs don’t allow u to leave spaces and without the spaces, the words won’t make any damn sense.
    otherwise, had almost built up the poem in my head (atleast the words were there, no order!)…

  7. Rach

    April 7, 2007

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    talking abt funny poems, did u read hoobla doobla? y don’t u leave a comment on it? i mean, it’s so nonsensical that v (boris and me) nearly decided to nominate it as the uru song.

  8. rach

    April 9, 2007

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    and no, it wasn’t taken from Danny Elfman’s (remember Charlie and the Chocolate Factory??) archive!!

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