Pocket Calculators Take Hold in Civil Engineering

by Eugene E. Dallaire, Asst. Editor; Civil Engineering Magazine, New York, NY 10017,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1975, Vol. 45, Issue 2, Pg. 39-43

Document Type: Feature article


In the past few years, more and more engineers have been buying hand-held scientific calculators to help them with everyday calculations. These calculators enable the engineer to nearly instantly calculate square roots, squares, any number to any power, any root of any number, trig and inverse trig functions, natural and common logs and their anti-logs, etc. These calculators, the price of which have been dropping sharply in the past several months, enable the engineer to calculate five to ten times faster, much more accurately, with fewer errors, without drudgery. On the campus, students have gone big for the pocket calculators. In some cases, it's the only way an engineering student can keep pace with the work. This article includes a table showing major calculators available, functions on the key board, and price.

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