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Brand name | Casio |
Model number | fx-9750g plus |
Logic system. Does your calculator use algebraic or RPN (reverse Polish notation) logic? How do you tell? An algebraic calculator has an = key; An RPN calculator has an ENTER key. To add two numbers (say, 2 & 3) on an algebraic calculator, you type the keys "2 + 3 =". On an RPN calculator, you type "2 ENTER 3 +". |
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Algebraic or RPN? | Algebraic |
Algebraic calculators can be further subdivided into AOS and DAL. If you know which type yours is, you can write that here. Otherwise, you will figure that out later on the form. | DAL |
Shift keys. Shift keys are used to get the second (or third) function for a particular key. If there are two shift keys, list both. |
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What is the label on the "shift" key(s) | Shift.
(There is also a red "Alpha" key for letters.) |
Where is the shift key? | upper left, under F1-F6.
Alpha is under Shift. |
Scientific notation; entering. Identify the key used to enter the exponent. (It is usually EE or EXP, or similar.)
* A special case concerns entering a number that starts with 1x in scientific notation: do you need to enter the 1? Try it... Calculate 1x10^{12} * 2. Do it twice, once with the first 1 and once without it. Do you need to enter the 1 to get the correct answer, 2x10^{12}?
* The key for making an exponent negative is the same key used for entering negative numbers.
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What is the label on the key for entering exponents? | EXP |
Where is that key? | Bottom, next to decimal point |
When entering a number that starts with 1x in scientific notation, do you need to enter the 1? (e.g., 1x10^{12}) | no; just enter EXP 12 |
What is the key for making an exponent negative? | (-)
(Note. The subtraction key may also work for this step.) |
Where is that key? | Between EXP and EXE |
Scientific notation; display.
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Most scientific calculators allow you to "force" the display to use (or to not use) scientific notation.
Many calculators allow you to set the number of decimal places displayed. (Some calculators also have an option for "Engineering notation", which is a variation of Scientific notation. Not important for most people.) |
SETUP, which is under SHIFT MENU.
In FIXED mode, you can set the number of decimal places. In SCI mode, you set the number of significant figures (which is one more than the number of decimal places). |
Logarithms (and anti-logs). In intro chem we most often use base 10 logs (log_{10}), for example with pH. The log_{10} is the power of 10 of the number. For example, the log_{10} of 1000 is 3; and then the antilog_{10} of 3 is 1000.
* On some calculators, you press the LOG key before the number, and on some you press the number then the LOG key.
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How is the log_{10} key labeled? | LOG |
How is the base 10 antilog key labeled? | 10^{x}. |
To take the log_{10} of 1000 which do you enter first, the number or the LOG key? | LOG. That is, enter LOG 1000. |
The preceding step serves to distinguish AOS and DAL calculators. If your calculator uses algebraic notation, and if you enter the number first, then it is AOS; if you enter the LOG first, it is DAL. The same pattern holds for other one-key functions, such as antilog and square root. | |
Base e logs (log_{e} or ln) are called natural logs. We do not use these in intro chem, but you are likely to use them if you go much beyond that. | |
How are the keys labeled for natural logs and antilogs? | LN
anti-log: e^{x}. |
Miscellaneous. These are functions we do not use in intro chem, but which you are likely to use in other math and science courses. Briefly noted here.
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Angles: degrees or radians
(Some calculators also have an option for "grad". The grad is 0.9 degree, so that a right angle is 100 grad. Not commonly used.) | see SETUP, which is under SHIFT MENU. |
Polar vs rectangular coordinates |
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If yes, how would you like your name listed? ("handles" ok.) | yes
Dean Menezes |
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