## Types of calculator

If you look on the internet or even on your local High Street, you’ll find that there’s a huge range of calculators available, costing from just a couple of pounds up to hundreds of pounds. So, which one is right for you or your child? What are the different types of calculator?

Here’s a basic summary of the types of calculator around, and who might want them

## Basic calculator

** What does it do?**

- Add
- Subtract
- Multiply
- Divide
- Percentages
- Square roots
- Simple memory function

** Suitable for:**

- Primary school age children
- General use around the home

## Scientific calculator

** What does it do?**

- Combinations
- Coordinate conversion
- Degrees
- Degrees/minutes/seconds
- Exponential regression
- Exponents
- Expression editing
- Factorials
- FIX/SCI/NORM
- Fractions
- Gradians
- Hyperbolics
- Inverse regression
- Linear regression
- Logarithm
- Logarithmic regression
- Negative Indicator
- Permutations
- Power regression
- Quadratic regression
- Radians
- Random numbers
- Reciprocals
- Roots & powers
- Standard deviation
- Table of a function
- Trigonometrics (SIN/COS/TAN)
- Multi-replay

** Suitable for:**

- Secondary school onwards

** Graphic calculator**

** What does it do?**

- Angle measurements(DEG/RAD/GRA)
- Bar chart
- Combinations (nCr) & permutations (nPr)
- Complex numbers
- Confidence intervals (Z & T)
- DEC/HEX/BIN/OCT conversions
- Distribution Tests (Z, t, chi, ANOVA)
- Distributions (NORM/T/CHI/Fbinomial/poisson)
- Dynamic graphing
- FIX/SCI/NORM
- Fractions
- Graphing
- Hyperbolic / Inverse Hyperbolic
- Inequality
- Logic Operations
- No. of Regression Types 10
- Numeric Equation Solver
- Parametric
- Parenthesis levels 26
- Pie chart
- Polar
- Random numbers
- Rectangular
- Roots & powers
- Single and double variable
- Statistical calculations
- TVM – Financial Calculations

**Suitable for:**

- Secondary school onwards

Some models of graphic calculator are allowed into GCSE and A Level exams, others are not. Check current rules for the relevant examining organisation before you buy, if you want a calculator to take into exams.

For GCSE and A Level exams, a Scientific calculator is all that is necessary, although a Graphic calculator may be a useful extra.

## Financial calculator

What does it do?

- Amortization
- Cash flow (Investment Appraisal)
- Compound Interest Calcualtions
- Conversions
- Cost sell margin and day calculations
- Exponential regression
- Full scientific functions
- Linear regression
- Logarithmic regression
- Multi replay
- Quadratic regression
- Simple and compound interest
- Time-Value-Money calculations

Suitable for:

- Anyone studying financial management

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