The calculator: it’s about to blow your mind!

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We all know it. We use it all the time. That helpful tool that comes standard on every computer. It’s the handy dandy calculator! Great for crunching numbers (hey, those bills aren’t going to calculate themselves), and figuring out percentages. But this tool isn’t just for simple mathematics. Once you start looking under the hood, it’s anything but standard.

You've come a long way baby....

You’ve come a long way baby!

For starters, there is a history option. See that little time turner-looking icon off to the right? By selecting that option, you can see your most recent activity. This is super helpful if you have to refer back to one calculation while making another. I don’t know how many times I’ve had to recalculate something, or pull up a sticky note to jot down the information. It’s not a big time saver, but it’s a good frustration-saver.

Long calculation, I thought I lost you.

History can repeat itself.

 

Now down down to the nitty-gritty. The calculator has 4 options to choose from. Let’s take a look at these helpful fellas, and you’ll see it’s anything but single-faceted.

  • Standard – self-explanatory, it’s the working bee. It add, subtracts, it gets the job done.
  • Scientific – calculates problems in science, engineering, and mathematics. This is your heavy-hitter. I’m pretty sure astronauts use this calculator all the time, and they are awesome, and not messing around in the scientific department.
  • Programmer – converts hexadecimal, octal, and binary. Don’t worry folks, it seems intimidating, but this is most commonly used in digital electronics.
  • Date calculation – calculates the difference between dates.

Let’s take a look at the date calculation. It’s not as powerful as the scientific or the programmer options, but it’s one of the more useful options. Let’s say you want to calculate how long until you retire. Wait, on second thought, that’s not going to make anyone’s days. Let’s see how many days until and your upcoming vacation. Pow! There it is.

That doesn't seem right...

Over a month? Come on….

So now that we know a little more about our friend that calculator, try some of the options that it has to offer. Thanks for reading! If you’ve learned something, or at least found it entertaining, please share this post!


Ilse Ferris

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