# Scientific Calculators

Save time by solving complex math, science, and engineering problems with the help of a scientific calculator. This is an electronic computational device capable of handling trigonometry, logarithm, exponential, and statistics functions in addition to basic arithmetic operations. It’s an essential tool for students taking science and engineering classes as well as professionals in these fields. Browse the extensive selection of office and school supplies at Staples to find these advanced electronic calculators.

Calculators in this category don’t all have the same features and functions. Standard features include arithmetic, trigonometry, logarithm, and exponential functions. These devices can also write and recognize scientific notations and provide quick access to math constants such as pi. High-end models have additional features suitable for professionals and higher learning. These offer advanced functions like calculus, matrix, statistics, and probability calculations. Some can also display complex numbers, convert units, and edit equations.

Besides math functions, a scientific calculator may also be programmable. Models with programmable functions allow users to enter formulas and perform calculations with fewer keystrokes. This feature saves time when performing repetitive functions and using the same operations to solve similar problems. While impressive, programmable calculators are best for professionals and college students. High schoolers may find them too complicated to use.

The number of digits displayed on the screen of a calculator determines its precision. Entry-level models can display 10 digits while 12-digit displays are the most common. Professionals and students requiring higher precision in their measurements and calculations should opt for models that can display 16 or more digits.

The number of lines displayed on a calculator’s screen is another important feature to consider. Basic scientific calculators display one line of numbers and equations. A two-line display keeps the screen from looking cramped and is better for entering long equations. This system usually reserves one line for numbers and another for equations. Users that enter calculus and statistics equations and perform probability calculations need models that can display four or more lines of numbers and text.

Besides performing basic and advanced math calculations, a graphing calculator also plots functions on its screen. While a graphing calculator is also a scientific one, a scientific calculator may not have a graphing function. One way to differentiate both types of devices is by screen size. A graphing unit has a larger display to accommodate graphs.

Not all of them support this feature. Reverse Polish notation (RPN) is a method of data entry that makes inputting functions and equations easier. It’s an alternative to algebraic data entry and takes fewer keystrokes to enter the same data. Users that regularly input and solve long and complex equations need calculators with RPN support.

A solar cell is a convenient feature to have in a calculator. Models that run on solar cells also have regular coin, AA, or AAA cells. In these units, coin and cylindrical batteries serve as a backup when solar cells can’t generate enough power to keep them running. Note that these calculators can charge their solar cells with ambient light as well as direct sunlight.

**Pick a scientific calculator with all the functions you need**Calculators in this category don’t all have the same features and functions. Standard features include arithmetic, trigonometry, logarithm, and exponential functions. These devices can also write and recognize scientific notations and provide quick access to math constants such as pi. High-end models have additional features suitable for professionals and higher learning. These offer advanced functions like calculus, matrix, statistics, and probability calculations. Some can also display complex numbers, convert units, and edit equations.

Besides math functions, a scientific calculator may also be programmable. Models with programmable functions allow users to enter formulas and perform calculations with fewer keystrokes. This feature saves time when performing repetitive functions and using the same operations to solve similar problems. While impressive, programmable calculators are best for professionals and college students. High schoolers may find them too complicated to use.

**Display features to consider when shopping for a scientific calculator**The number of digits displayed on the screen of a calculator determines its precision. Entry-level models can display 10 digits while 12-digit displays are the most common. Professionals and students requiring higher precision in their measurements and calculations should opt for models that can display 16 or more digits.

The number of lines displayed on a calculator’s screen is another important feature to consider. Basic scientific calculators display one line of numbers and equations. A two-line display keeps the screen from looking cramped and is better for entering long equations. This system usually reserves one line for numbers and another for equations. Users that enter calculus and statistics equations and perform probability calculations need models that can display four or more lines of numbers and text.

**What is the difference between scientific and graphing calculators?**Besides performing basic and advanced math calculations, a graphing calculator also plots functions on its screen. While a graphing calculator is also a scientific one, a scientific calculator may not have a graphing function. One way to differentiate both types of devices is by screen size. A graphing unit has a larger display to accommodate graphs.

**Do scientific calculators support reverse Polish notation?**Not all of them support this feature. Reverse Polish notation (RPN) is a method of data entry that makes inputting functions and equations easier. It’s an alternative to algebraic data entry and takes fewer keystrokes to enter the same data. Users that regularly input and solve long and complex equations need calculators with RPN support.

**Should you get a solar-powered scientific calculator?**A solar cell is a convenient feature to have in a calculator. Models that run on solar cells also have regular coin, AA, or AAA cells. In these units, coin and cylindrical batteries serve as a backup when solar cells can’t generate enough power to keep them running. Note that these calculators can charge their solar cells with ambient light as well as direct sunlight.

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Model #FX-300ESPLS2-S

- Scientific calculator with Natural Textbook Display can display fractions, derivatives, integrals, sums, and other operations similar to their display in math textbooks
- Perfect choice for middle school through high school students learning general math, trigonometry, statistics, algebra I and II, pre-algebra, geometry, physics

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