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Best calculator for the working engineer
02-24-2016, 05:43 PM
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RE: Best calculator for the working engineer
(02-24-2016 03:12 PM)Sadsilence Wrote:  In my whole engineer's live so far I have never come close to the idea, entering matrices for transformations into a pocket calculator. What rules is a reliable keyboard for calculations up to square roots and linear interpolation, some conversion keys (inch, Fahrenheit, HMS) and that's it.
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Excel, MATLAB, Python, R, etc. are all much better tools for doing computation on more than a few numbers at a time. For this reason, I'm not particularly interested in something like the HP Prime or even the 50g for that matter. However, when I have just a few numbers to crunch, I find it annoying to use PC or smartphone-based calculators because they compete with other applications for screen space. My preference is a 1- or 2-line programmable RPN calculator. The 32S/II, 42S, 35S and 41C are all good examples.

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