## 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?

• 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
• Hyperbolics
• Inverse regression
• Linear regression
• Logarithm
• Logarithmic regression
• Negative Indicator
• Permutations
• Power regression
• 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?

• 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/F/binomial/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