CALCULATORS If you do not know whether your

If you do not know whether your calculator is programmable or
non-programmable then check out the following guide. You are
responsible for ensuring that your calculator is appropriate. The
examination invigilator will check your calculator during the
examination. If your calculator is programmable it will be
confiscated from you and you will be reported by the invigilator for
unauthorised use of materials. If you are unsure about your
calculator ask the examination invigilator BEFORE the start of the
examination. It may be possible to provide you with an
alternative calculator if an element of doubt exists.
The main difference between a programmable and nonprogrammable calculator is that there are no function buttons on
the non-programmable calculator. Another difference that can be
noticed on non-programmable calculators there are no matrix or
vector functions on display.
Calculators that are NOT programmable:
This is what a non-programmable calculator looks like.
List of non-programmable calculators of some famous brands
like Casio, Sharp, Texas Instruments, Hewlett Packard.
Calculators that are programmable:
This is what a programmable calculator looks like.
These calculator runs on a Computer Algebra System (CAS). A CAS helps to make
certain difficult algebraic functions automatic and less tedious. As you can see,
these calculators also have graphing capabilities. A calculator with graphing
capabilities is most likely to be programmable. The easy way to tell if the calculator
has graphing capabilities is by looking at the larger screen than would be found on a
scientific calculator.
Features of Programmable calculators:
1. These calculators are capable of storing text or alphanumeric data input by a
2. These calculators are capable of storing, manipulating or graphing functions
entered in symbolic form.
3. These programmable calculators are capable of performing for operations
such as differentiation, definite integration, algebraic expressions, binomial
expansion, symbolic differentiation and the solution to system of equations.
4. These calculators are capable of external communication or Internet
These calculators display a matrix and vector function key.
These calculators allow use of the full alphabet from A-Z.
These calculators tend to be bulky and heavy in comparison to nonprogrammable calculators.
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