The company I work for, gave me a MacBookPro with M1 chip, but I'm still new to Mac OS.

Could you please recommend/suggest me a free scientific calculator with history that can be installed on a company-controlled notebook OR at least something the IT department would not make too much fuss?

I've had a look at PCalc and Wolfram Alpha, which were suggested in this article, but I want something simpler that can be installed for free and not need internet connection ... something like the windows 10 calculator

Thank you!

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It's not something I've ever really used myself, so I don't know its intimate details, but did you know you can swap the simple built-in calculator to Scientific [or Programmer] mode & add a paper tape emulation for history…

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You can even save the 'paper tape' if you need.

  • Thank you! That's handy. But how do you keep on tape an operation with functions? E.g. you want to compute sine of 30 degrees; you click [pi][/][6][sin] and the calculator shows you 0.5 (if working with radians) but the tape shows you only pi/6
    – radui
    Commented Nov 17, 2023 at 13:31
  • Sorry, I have no idea how it works. It's not a mode I've ever used.
    – Tetsujin
    Commented Nov 17, 2023 at 14:42

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