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Predatorian 07-05-2013 12:40 PM

What is a good Scientific/Graphing Calculator Application for Linux/OSX/Windows?
Howdy everyone,

I'm currently in college and trying to cheap out on buying a standalone calculator, when I have this wonderful PC in front of me. I saw a few like, ExtCalc, or GNU Plot, but I'm having issues using ExtCalc on Windows under Cygwin, and GNU Plot seems to have a steep learning curve. I don't mind a bit of programming, as long as the way to use the programming is clear, and easy to follow.

I wanted to find something that could act as a scientific calculator, or graphing calculator for the different operating systems that I could use across all of them, or at least compile on all of them so then I wouldn't have to relearn a new system each time.

Janus_Hyperion 07-05-2013 02:27 PM

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The best calculator I have seen is qalculate. It's gui is qalculate-gtk (package name in Fedora). Try that! I have attached an example.

Unfortunately, I do not know how well it runs or even if it runs on Windows under cygwin.

frankbell 07-06-2013 07:21 PM

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KCalc, the KDE calculator, has several modes (found under "Settings" on the menu). I don't know whether it would meet your needs or run under cygwin.

Xcalc has a very basic interface, but includes a number of advanced functions (see screenshot). Again, I can't predict whether it would meet your needs. It probably has many fewer dependencies than almost anything else.

H_TeXMeX_H 07-07-2013 02:21 AM

Graphing calculators have their own benefits you know. Some teachers don't know what they are and will let you use them on exams ;)

Predatorian 07-07-2013 11:51 AM

Thanks for replies guys. I did get ExtCalc to work on Debian VM, but I had to restart the program after each graph I made. Otherwise I wasn't using it properly. When I get a chance, I'll try those other calculators out, qalculator, Kcalc, and Xcalc. There were a few others, which I'll post when I try them, on here.

DavidMcCann 07-08-2013 12:55 PM

There are more listed here (always a good site to visit)

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