Learning to use your calculator is an important part of learning maths. Click here for videos and PowerPoints which explain how to use your calculator to help with probability, statistics, trigonometry, number, algebra and functions.
Suitable calculators for State examsinclude:
Casio Fx83gt Plus Scientific Calculator Sharp Scientific Calculator El-W531b
To set Casio 83 calculator to calculate the sin of an angle in degrees.
1.Set the correct angle unit required by your problem: degrees, radians, or grads. [SHIFT][MODE] [3:deg] or [4:Rad]
2. Press the key for the function COS, SIN, or TAN
[Sin] displays sin(
3.Enter the angle 30 deg Screen shows sin(30
Close the right parenthesis ) Screen shows sin(30)
4.Press [=] Screen displays 0.5
Here is a description by the Open University of how to use a scientific calculator using Casio FX83 as an example.