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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.
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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