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Using a Calculator Level 1

Questions to test your ability to use a basic calculator, scientific calculator and a graphic display calculator.

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This is level 1; Using a basic calculator. The questions provide practice using a calculator to obtain results accurately. You can earn a trophy if you get at least 9 questions correct.

1. Add up all of the numbers from one to ten.
Correct Wrong
2. Multiply together all of the even numbers from four to fourteen. Correct Wrong
3. There were 47000 people at the game. 13000 of them were supporting United. How many of them were not supporting United? Correct Wrong
4. Divide 374.798 by 5.594 Correct Wrong
5. Find 17% of 87700 Correct Wrong
6. Calculate how many seconds there are in 19 full days. Correct Wrong
7. How many inches are in one third of a mile if there are 12 inches in a foot, three feet in a yard and 1760 yards in a mile? Correct Wrong
8. For every 40 points you earn on your restaurant discount card you are given a free desert voucher. You earn 1 point for every £1 you spend and last month you visited the restaurant 4 times spending £23 on each visit. How many desert vouchers did you receive? Correct Wrong
9. A Trantours bus can hold no more than 50 people. How many buses will be needed to transport 731 people to a concert? Correct Wrong
10. Evaluate 76 × 31 + 934 Correct Wrong
11. Evaluate 75 × (388 − 583) Correct Wrong
12. Evaluate (228 − 988) − (236 − 525) Correct Wrong

This is Basic calculator. You can also try:
BIDMAS Calculator Workout Scientific calculator Graphic display calculator


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Thursday, June 13, 2019

"I have just noticed something I hadn’t realised about the Windows calculator. When running in standard mode it operates LTR (2+3x5=25) while in scientific mode it obeys the normal order of operations (2+3x5=17). Worth knowing when learning about BIDMAS or PEMDAS

Windows calculator


Dave Grochocki, Twitter

Sunday, June 16, 2019

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Description of Levels

BIDMAS - Learn about the order of operations.

Calculator Workout - Examples of all the major calculator operations.



Level 1 - Basic calculator quiz.

Level 2 - Scientific calculator quiz.

Level 3 - Graphic display calculator quiz.

More on this topic including lesson Starters, visual aids and investigations.

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Click on a link below to see an example and an animated key-press diagram of a calculator.

Skill 1: Basic Operations e.g. Calculate the value of \(9+4−7\)

Skill 2: Using Brackets e.g. Calculate the value of \(5(9-4)\)

Skill 3: Percentage of a quantity e.g. What is \(24% of 1800\)?

Skill 4: One quantity as a percentage of another e.g. What is \(45\) as a percentage of \(150\)?

Skill 5: Squares and square roots e.g. Calculate the value of \(\sqrt{5^2 + 12^2}\)

Skill 6: Indices e.g. \((3^3 + 2^4)^2\)

Skill 7: Cube roots e.g. Find the value of \( \sqrt[3]{27} \)

Skill 8: Standard Form e.g. Express \(236731\) in standard form correct to 3 significant figures.

Skill 9: Areas of circles e.g. [Give all answers correct to three significant figures]. e.g. Find the area of a circle with a radius of 9cm.

Skill 10: Fraction calculations e.g. Find the value of \( 3\frac13 + 2\frac25 \)

Skill 11: Trigonometry e.g. Evaluate \(21 \sin34°\) to three significant figures 1.

Skill 12: Degrees (or Hours), Minutes and Seconds e.g. Convert the angle 16°35'40" to its decimal equivalent.

Skill 13: Using Variables e.g. If \(A = 1.62\), \(B = 9.87\) and \(C = 5.62\)
evaluate \(AB+BC−AC\).

Skill 14: Combinations e.g. How many different groups of 3 can be selected from 8?

Skill 15: Permutations e.g. In how many different ways could 1st, 2nd and 3rd place prizes can be awarded to 3 of 8 competitors?

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