RPN is also consistent in its usage. Most non-RPN
scientific calculators are half RPN and half
algebraic. For example, to perform addition, you need
to enter 2+4 (algebraic), but to perform a sine
calculation, you need first to enter the number and
then to press the SIN button, which is a RPN method
of entering the equation. Our RPN calculators do not
suffer from this idiosyncrasy.
Here's an example:
Or (3+5) / (7+6) = x
Algebraic method: Add 3+5=8. Write down the answer
or store it in memory. Add 7+6=13. Now enter the 8
from the first answer and then divide it by entering
the second answer to get x=0.62.
RPN method: Press 3 then the ENTER key. Press 5
then the + key. Press 7, and then ENTER. Press 6 then
the + key. Note that the answer to the second sum is
displayed. Now here's the magic part. Press the
divide key and the calculator gives the answer,
Algebraic: 13 strokes, not counting the effort to
write down or memorize the first answer while you
calculated the second answer.
RPN: 9 strokes, and no need to write anything
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