Perhaps all students will agree that the scientific calculator is a huge blessing! They make calculations easy and quick without the usual hassle that math comes with. But, do you make the most of your calculator? Do you use it to its full potential?
Many people don’t realize just how much we can do with the seemingly simple scientific calculator. It is powerful and comes with multiple functionalities that we just need to explore. For example, you can use it to solve fractions! Who would have thought?! The only problem is that many people don’t understand how to use it for fractions in the first place. Don’t worry; we are here to help.
How to Use a Scientific Calculator for Fractions?
This article is a step-by-step guide that will walk you through the process without issues. Let’s keep reading –
Find the Fraction Button
Many scientific calculators display fractions as decimals. Some of them allow the display of fractions as they are. You need to see which type of calculator you have. If it is the latter, you will have to find the fraction button to activate the feature.
To do that, first go into Math mode. Once the display shows “math” on top, find the button that has two tiny boxes. They are usually black and white. You will also see a line between them. Needless to say, this is your fraction button.
Note: Some models don’t need you to enter the Math mode for this. Check which calculator you have and follow suit.
Enter the Fraction Now
Once you have entered the mode, you can pave the way on your own from here because the display shows it all. You will see two blank boxes separated by a slash or a horizontal line. When you fill the numerator (above the line), you can simply use the down arrow button to shift the cursor to below the line. Here, you can enter the denominator.
If you need to work with mixed numbers, you must use the Shift button on your scientific calculator. After pressing the Shift key, press the Fraction key. Now you will see a third option for the integer. Move the cursor and fill the numbers.
Note: If your calculator only has a linear display, this is the order for you to fill – Integer, numerator, and then the denominator.
What if the Calculator Does Not Have a Fraction Key?
You may not be able to display fractions on such calculators, but you can calculate fractions nevertheless. Enter the numerator, use the division symbol, and then enter the denominator. Now, press the = button. This will give you the decimal of the fraction. You can note the decimal down and use it in your calculations.
Yes, this is tedious, but this is the only way to work with fractions when you don’t have a scientific calculator that has the Fraction feature. However, it is not very hard. You will get used to it after a couple of calculations!
We hope this guide helped! If you have any doubts, please don’t hesitate to comment. We are always here to answer your questions and clear your queries.