How to Set a Scientific Calculator to Normal

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Calculators are often a necessity for higher-level math classes. If your student is signed up for advanced math courses starting at Algebra 2, he might be required to buy a scientific calculator. These calculators can be tricky at first, and can be difficult to operate because they have so many capabilities, from graphing to solving multiple-step equations. Knowing a few tips before you get started with your calculator can be useful.

  • Clear your calculator of the last equation you did by pressing the "Clear" button.

  • Click the "Mode" button and use the arrow keys to scroll over "Normal" mode. This will set the calculator up to do basic equations versus any long algebraic equations, or other types of equations on which your were previously working.

  • Practice setting the mode to normal when your are done using your calculator so you always know what mode the calculator will be on when you turn it on next time.

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