First, identify what type and model of calculator you have (i.e. CASIO fx-991ES). Next, identify the functions you are required to know for your given class. Here is a list of some of the basic functions you may need to know.

**+** addition

**-** subtraction

**÷** division

**x** multiplication

**√** square root

**yx** y to the power of x

**x２ **squared

**x10x **times ten to the power of

**ex **exponential

**log** log based 10

**In** log to the base of e

**sin** sin function

**cos** cos function

**tan** tan function

**( )** for order of operations

Visit the online guide for your calculator brand to identify other functions you might need to know. Use the appendix to search for specific functions you require assistance with. Links to some of the more common calculator brand guidebooks include:

- Texas Instruments
- Casio
- HP (click trouble shoot and type in your calculator model, then click user guides)
- Sharp

Practise! Get used to the order in which you must type functions, as it varies by calculator.

For statistics students, try these practice calculations to ensure that you know how to calculate basic statistics functions:

- Calculate mean and standard deviation using the data set below.

Data set: {1, 1, 10, 19, 19}

Answers- mean: 10, sample standard deviation: 9

- Calculate mean and standard deviation using the data set below.

Data set: {37.75, 38, 37, 38.5, and 37.5}

Answers- mean: 37.75, sample standard deviation: 0.56

- Last Updated: Apr 28, 2023 11:33 AM
- URL: https://guides.lib.uoguelph.ca/CalculatorHelp
- Print Page

This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.