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.
√ square root
yx y to the power of x
x10x times ten to the power of
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:
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:
Sometimes using a calculator can take some getting used to. If you are having trouble figuring out a function, ask for help. Your professors and TAs can likely lend you a hand. You can also visit the Mathematics and Statistics Learning Center (see “more help” for details).
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