Casio - fx-180p

Description

Brand: Casio
Model: fx-180p
Type: Programmable scientific calculator
Batteries: AA x 2
Lifetime: Introduced: ca. 1981
Terminated: unknown
Notes: The Casio fx-180p is the programmable follow-up on the Casio fx-80 series design. It uses plain AA batteries and is therefore suitable for intense usage.

This calculator could store two separate programs. Programs are just key-sequences and can not be edited once entered. It is therefore important to use valid input data even when entering programs, for a program has to be re-entered when an error (invalid operation) occurs during programming. Simple loops were possible using the 'RTN' operation.

It also has a wide range of statistical operations, including random numbers and two-dimensional functions.
Another plus of this calculator is the fraction key, two memories (K and M), and it can also convert between polar and rectangular co-ordinate systems.

This calculator (as do many other Casio scientific calculators) uses one and the same key for both the constant π as well as exponents. This works as follows. When you first enter digits, the "EXP"-key will enable you to enter the numbers exponent, otherwise it will enter the constant π.

When a one-dimensional function is programmed in one of the programs, this calculator can calculate a partial integral of that function as well. This was really nice at school, you could verify the correctness your answer!

All in all quite a nice calculator, especially because it looked just like the standard school calculators.

Picture:  Casio fx-180p picture

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