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10.4: Be aware of a Calculator widget bug
Authored by: PeteVerdon on May 24, '05 06:08:16PM

That's what it is!

I definitely fall into the "young" camp as per your "$5 calculator" argument, but the standard calculator at school did operations one at a time like the Dashboard widget. I'm well used to this and, as you say, know what order to put things into it to get the right answer.

On coming to University, my department required that everyone use a *different* "standard" calculator in exams. (No hardship; they sell them for £6 or so). This one has what seems to me a very wierd input system, where you enter the expression and it appears on a series of dot-matrix cells above the main number area, until you press equals and get the answer. I find this awkward to use, wondered why on earth it did that, and generally do one operation at a time as before. But having read this thread I now understand why it's like that - it's trying to do precedence for me, just like it seems other people here are used to. Makes sense, but I still don't like it.


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