Calculator in scientific mode?

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  1. ScarletRed macrumors regular

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    A free calculator program that come with Windows XP can be operated in scientific mode for trigs, logs, exp, ..etc. But I cannot find any of these scientific functions on the calculator in my MBP dashboard. Does the calculator has scientific mode in Mac?
     
  2. andcraig macrumors regular

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    Hit the green maximize button.

    Switches mode for the calculator, pretty neat.

    also pretty not obvious.
     
  3. kyleaa macrumors regular

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    You actually can't get scientific mode in the dashboard calculator, this note refers to the application "Calculator", which can also be changed in the view menu. Check out Apple's widget site, you might be able to find a better calculator widget

     
  4. RacerX macrumors 65832

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    Did Windows XP come with anything like this? :eek:
     
  5. ScarletRed thread starter macrumors regular

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    Are the two statements above in conflict? One implies there is a scientific mode while the other states the dashboard calculator doesn't have it.

    I guess I'll find out when I get home tonight...

    And as for the Grapher program, wow. I guess I'd better recheck my Applications folder. It can really do 3D graphs right out of the box?
     
  6. atszyman macrumors 68020

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    The statements are referring to 2 completely different calculator apps. The Dashboard calculator has no scientific mode. However in your Applications folder there should be "calculator.app" that does have basic, scientific, and programmer modes of operation.
     
  7. sushi Moderator emeritus

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    Yep. Both have a purpose.

    The Calculator app is pretty nice for a simple scientific calculator.
     
  8. dpaanlka macrumors 601

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    Use Grapher. It can be used as a calculator, and a much more advanced one than comes with Windows XP thats for sure.
     
  9. Timepass macrumors 65816

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    dont forget there is a fine line bettween good and getting to advance. Depends on what he needs it for.

    That being said I hardlely ever touch the cal programs on any computer past doing simple add subtract and divided. reasoning being I can do it faster and better on one of my battery powered ones. And even those are past what a lot people would ever really use and way to complex for most people. (for me it a voyager 200, but I also own a TI-36 that I use for a lot of stuff as well just easier at time to not go any more complex that I need to)
     
  10. ScarletRed thread starter macrumors regular

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    Does anyone here know of any calculator programs for Mac that operates in RPN mode?

    RPN = Reverse Polish Notation

    Majority of HP calculators are RPN and this has been my preferred way of doing calculations since high school.
     
  11. dpaanlka macrumors 601

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    Did you ever actually use grapher? It is pretty easy to use, given how powerful it is.
     
  12. Timepass macrumors 65816

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    used it and still hate it. Putting it in on a computer just is not very user friendly to me. If I want to graph stuff I open up on of my math programs (right now mathcad) or I pull out my graphicing cal. The only reason I make graphic at all is maybe to get a quick picture of it in my mind and to check a theory or something. Flashy distracts from that.

    It not that the programs are not good and powerful I just do not find them very user friendly at all. I always found it quick and easier to just turn to my trusty graphing calculator. I thinking any one who ever done a lot math can agree with me on that just because that what we use most of the time when we are not working on our computers so fimularity is the key thing here.

    Ones on computers try to be flashy and that distracts from what we really want.
     
  13. balamw Moderator

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    There's an RPN dashboard widget I have on my iBook, found at the Apple site. I still prefer a real HP calculator over any of the virtual ones. (i.e something produced before 1998 or so when they stopped making the good stuff).

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  14. MacRy macrumors 68040

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    Can't believe i've never hit the green button in Calculator before! That is neat. Thanks for that dude :)
     
  15. ScarletRed thread starter macrumors regular

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    I have no idea what you're talking about. Please elaborate. There is no green maximize button for the dashboard calculator. I don't know which version of OS X you have, but mine is 10.4.6.
     
  16. balamw Moderator

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    See the post by atszyman above. Scientific mode is only supported for the "other" calculator... Or use one of the RPN calculator widgets I pointed to...

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  18. simon-says macrumors regular

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    Hehe, Calculator.app does this. Go to View>RPN.
     
  19. RacerX macrumors 65832

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    I'd be willing to bet that I've done a lot more math than you* and I happen to think that Grapher is a very nice app.



    * I saw in another thread were you told someone to "Go take some Upper level math classes and get back to me". To save you the time of trying to post such a reply to my comment I'll just list what math I've done.

    Starting from my time in college (though I did take AP Calculus AB in high school) I've taken (from what I can recall off hand):
    Lower Division courses
    • Calculus and Analytic Geometry
    • Multivariable Calculus
    • Linear Algebra
    • Differential Equations
    Upper Division courses
    • Modern Algebra
    • Geometry and The Imagination
    • Foundations of Analysis
    • Classical Differential Geometry
    • Calculus on Manifolds
    • Topics in Geometry (Lie Sphere Geometry)
    • Topics in Geometry (Clifford Algebras)
    • Topics in Geometry (Projective Geometry)
    • Introduction to Topology
    • Topics in Topology (Homotopy Theory)
    Graduate Level courses
    • Mathematical Methods in Physics
    • Differentiable Manifolds
    • Riemannian Geometry
    • Integration on Manifolds
    • Lie Groups
    • Lie Algebras
    Independent research
    • Paper on Ruled and Developable surfaces and vector displacement techniques of Levi-Civita
    • tight immersions of surfaces (both polyhedral and smooth) looking at Cervone's polyhedral solution for the real projective plane with one handle and comparing it to Haab's work with the smooth version of the same surface (Geometry Center 1994, funded by the National Science Foundation and Department of Energy)
    • Preliminary paper on contour diagrams and regular homotopy of orientable surfaces in Euclidean three space
     

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