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Is it okay to use calculator?

I am so habituated to calculator, that I use it for even basic calculation like multiplying small numbers. Is it bad?

Note by Vinayak Garg
4 years, 6 months ago

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None of the problems require the use of a calculator even when I'm creating them, and so you certainly do not need a calculator to solve them.

As long as you're doing calculations that you would otherwise be able to do on your own, I'd be willing to overlook calculator usage. However, if you're using it to do something that you do not understand, then it's safe to say that you're not understanding the problem itself.

If you have such an over reliance on calculators that you normally make careless mistakes on basic arithmetic, that's a concern outside of solving problems on Brilliant. I would consider a lack of basic arithmetic literacy bad. Calvin Lin Staff · 4 years, 6 months ago

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@Calvin Lin I use it for 2 types - 1) That I can solve in mind or on paper easily. 2) Finding sine or log Vinayak Garg · 4 years, 6 months ago

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@Vinayak Garg The same comment applies. If you think that you need to know what \( \sin 12.3456^\circ\) or \( \log \pi\) is, you're most probably doing it wrong. There is no need to use a calculator (unless you're lazy with basic arithmetic, which at times I am). Calvin Lin Staff · 4 years, 6 months ago

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@Calvin Lin Absolutely agree with you, master. I think, if I use it frequently it will change our mind, I mean our habits,, Andrias Yuwantoko · 4 years, 6 months ago

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Some really complex problems that require the use of a calculator have to be answered with the use of one. However, I would advice you to not use a calculator for small calculations. Moreover, there are some exercises that can be opted to improve your mental mathematical skills. Abdullah Iftikhar · 4 years, 6 months ago

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@Abdullah Iftikhar Would you please tell some sites or blogs or anything that would help me to overcome such sickness ? Jitesh Dalwala · 3 years, 4 months ago

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using a scientific calculator is recommended in solving physics problems. Ramon Vicente Marquez · 4 years, 6 months ago

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