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For me I guess it's a factor of when I needed it and what I needed to do as a student.

Taking all the calculus and linear algebra and statistics in college required me to have a hand held that could graph equations, solve matrixes, and solve equations.  Plus I have grown to love having 4 lines to view the stack and swap between them. 

Since leaving college and working for an SE firm I've learned I spend a lot of time on the computer and so when I get to do hand calc's I prefer to not be referencing the computer if I don't have to.  Obviously, if there is a lot of repetition in calc's I'll set it up in excel and go to town on it.

It boils down to what we prefer to do and how it fits into our uses.  Plus, when I take the PE, I'm not going in with a 4 function calculator.  When I took the EIT I did most of it pretty fast but when I had spare time at the end I would go back and verify my answers with the calculator to make sure I didn't screw things up.

At 11:28 PM 7/9/2003, you wrote:
Ref: The number of posts on "Favourite Calculator
Bites the dust"

Who needs such advanced calculators any more?

I make do with a basic model, (four functions plus one
memory) and it meets my modest needs almost all the

On the rare occasions when I need to do more than what
my present calculator can do, I used to pull out my
sceintific calculator, but of late, I find it easier
to click on the Excel Icon on my desktop.

I work at my desk, not in the field and my desktop is
always in front of me.
A simple mouse click opens up the best calculator in
the world. Easy to use even for the fat fingered. Easy
to store the numbers already entered, easy to edit
them, and with access to nearly every conceivable
function that an engineer is likely to need.

Neither Casio nor HP or Texas Instruments can beat
beat Excel as a calculator though Excel is admittedly
for more than a mere calculator.

Am I an exception?

G Vishwanath
Bangalore, India

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