powerOne calculator works in both algebraic and RPN input modes. It includes input and output of numbers in real (decimal), scientific, engineering, fraction and feet-inch formats and includes a wide array of math functions, from basic math, powers, and trig to programmer's math, matrices and complex numbers. Details about input modes, number types and math functions is available by selecting the '?' Help icon in the top, right corner of the calculator and then choosing "Examples".
The calculator is available by selecting "Calculator" in the Template List
. It functions in both portrait and landscape orientations.
On Android smartphones there are four keypads: primary, math, advanced and history. (Primary is always visible in landscape calculator.) Select each icon below the calculator frame to move between keypads. The math keypad includes power and log functions. The advanced keypad includes a customizable keypad and access to all advanced math functions via the "more" button. The history keypad includes both a calculation log and memory locations. The advanced keypad, history and memory are described below.
On the Android tablets there are four tabs and the primary keypad is always visible. The four tabs, from left to right, are history, memory, math and advanced. Math tab displays power and log functions while the advanced tab displays a customizable keypad and access to all advanced math functions via the "more" button. Advanced math keypad, history and memory are described below.
powerOne includes over 150 math functions that can be used with the calculator, and even more that can be used with template creation. See the Math Functions
section for details on all available math functions.
View Window & Moving the Cursor
The view window is where numbers, math functions and symbols appear as you select buttons. In algebraic mode it displays the entire expression and, when you select '=', the result. In RPN mode it displays the stack of results, which can be scrolled to show stack items that have scrolled off the top.
To adjust a number either use the backspace key or select down on the cursor and drag to the desired location. In algebraic mode you can move the cursor anywhere within the equation or result. In RPN mode the cursor can be moved within the currently entered stack item only.
The advanced keypad is customizable. Select the "more" button and choose a keypad at the top. In addition, all math functions are listed below the keypads in the "more" list. Select any one to perform its function. This list also includes a brief description for how to enter each function. While the display is designed for algebraic notation, it also indicates the correct order of entry for RPN mode. Push values onto the stack in left-to-right order. For instance, 3^4 in algebraic mode is pushed as 3 [ENT] 4 [^] in RPN.
The function list and keypads include functions ranging from powers, logs and trig to programmer's math, complex numbers and matrices. All functions are included with the Pro editions of powerOne. The Lite editions include powers, logs, trig and hyperbolic.
History & Memory
The calculator includes two types of storage. History (calculation log) includes a log of previous entries and calculations while memory includes 10 locations to store any numbers or equations. See the Keypad section above for details on accessing them.
Select a row to recall it to the cursor position in view window (algebraic mode) or create a new stack item (RPN mode). To store to a memory location, select the STO button on the desired row. Algebraic mode will store the contents of the view window, whether equation or results. RPN mode will store the last stack item.
LAST is a special variable used in algebraic input mode. Since Algebraic input mode evaluates based on what is actually displayed on the screen, rounded results create inaccurate follow-on results. For instance, 1/3 = is .333 but the rounded result means multiplying by 3 will leave a result of .999 instead of 1. LAST retains the full precision of the previous result, which is more complete than the history result or the result displayed in the view window. LAST can be returned by selecting its button in the history keypad.
To clear the history and/or memory locations, select the grey 'x' button in the history keypad on Android smartphones or select and hold either the history or memory tab on the Android tablets.
Select the gear icon (button) in the top, right corner to change the calculator settings. Settings include:
Input Mode: swap between algebraic and RPN modes.
Keyboard: impacts the buttons available by default on the math keypad. All additional functions available in the advanced keypad by selecting the "more" button.
Display Mode: displayed output format for each result type. See Toggle section for more information.
Precision: real, scientific, engineering and complex number precision includes Float (see as many decimal places as possible) and 0 through 10 places. Fraction rounds the denominator to 1 through 4 places (x, xx, xxx, xxxx), 2, 4, 8, 16, 32, 64, 10, 100 or 1000. Feet-inch rounds the denominator for the fractional inches to 2, 4, 8, 16, 32 or 64. For fractions and feet-inches, powerOne will round to the desired setting and then reduce to the lowest common denominator.
Trig Mode: choose between degrees and radians mode for trigonometric math functions.
Separator Mode: choose between numbers displayed in 1,000.00 format or 1.000,00 format.