What do you consider the best desktop calculator?

I am an engineering major going starting his Master's degree soon. Whenever I wanted to check my work in prior classes, I would use Symbolab or Wolfram. For some reason I only have the windows calculator on my actual computer, but now that it's refusing to update or function properly, I figured it's time to get a real calculator on my desktop.

Any good suggestions??? It would be especially nice if they had the same amount of inputs that Symbo/Wolf have.

Thanks in advance.


Typo: engineering major starting his Master's degree soon.**

Update 2:

@ llaffer: Thanks for the suggestion. However, even though my copy of windows is completely legitimate, all of my attempts to download other calculator apps from the Windows store ends in an error. Soo I was hoping there was an equivalent or better alternative than what they had to offer that wasn't from them.

3 Answers

  • 2 months ago

    Sounds like you need to reinstall Windows, but that's another issue.

    For just calculating with single numbers, the calculator on my smartphone is fine.  (I'm an old programmer, and what I really use the most often is a command-line calculator I wrote last century.  :^)

    One thing I can suggest is to get comfortable with a programming language.  I use Python for most things that need vectors, statistics, etc.  Engineers I've worked with have used MathCAD for similar reasons--but from watching questions around here for several years it seems that MATLAB is more popular these days.  (I'm a cheapskate, so I'd look at the open source GNU Octave as a substitute for MATLAB.)

  • 2 months ago

    there's a ti-84 online free for 3 months

  • 2 months ago

    there are free calculators that you can download from the windows app store. 

    The one that I use is very similar to the old calculator that used to come with previous versions of windows.

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