Sharp EL531XBVL Scientific Calculator £2.49 @ Argos
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Sharp EL531XBVL Scientific Calculator £2.49 @ Argos

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Found 27th Aug 2015
Back to school time for some...........

The Sharp EL531XBWH Scientific calculator includes 272 functions which makes it one of the leading models in its class. The twinline LCD screen gives a 5 x 7 dot matrix display. This means that text is easier to read as well as appearing clearer. Sharp have designed this product with a contemporary black design with a white trim.

The Sharp EL531XBWH scientific calculator features Sharp's renowned Advanced DAL (Direct Algebraic Logic) technology, which makes it easy to key-in algebraic equations. It includes functions which are suitable for Key Stage ¾ , A and AS level, making the EL531XBWH the ideal long term investment for students of any level.

Suitable for GCSE and A Level.
LCD display.
Non-stick keys.
Auto shut-off.
272 functions.
Algebraic logic.
Regression analysis.
24 levels of parenthesis.
General information:

Batteries required 2 x button cell (included) .

31 Comments

Great deal (but None in Durham.)

I'm not sure there is any stock. Voted hot.

Great deal thanks, I've just reseved one. My son had his stolen at school last term so I was just about to buy a replacement.

anyone willing to collect from Brentwood? i have reserved one.

Reservation number: 645570
Brentwood

18 High Street
Brentwood
Essex
CM14 4AB

Please don't buy your child one of these. Get them a decent branded calculator that won't be a pain for them to use. Education is not something to go all "budget" on

I would personally recommend the Casio fx-85gt as it is far superior and yes before you ask I have tried both and I know what I'm talking about.

Great deal

_Barny

Please don't buy your child one of these. Get them a decent branded … Please don't buy your child one of these. Get them a decent branded calculator that won't be a pain for them to use. Education is not something to go all "budget" on


Eh? Casio fanclub? Sharp has been right up there for ages. I always found their memory functions better to use too.

A good find but unfortunately none in stock in any of my 5 local stores. Heat though.

boobies !
Parents and kids react like you have told them their school was now £10k a year fee paying when you suggest investing £3 in a calculator. Ironically same kids would suggest using an app on their £300 iphone

Just picked one up from my local Argos. Impulse buy really, but a bargain. Kinda ironic, since I recently sold a vintage HP calculator (collectable) on eBay recently for £50, so £2.49 seems like a very reasonable replacement.

kramer2088

boobies !


5318008 - Happy memories

Aradria

Eh? Casio fanclub? Sharp has been right up there for ages. I always found … Eh? Casio fanclub? Sharp has been right up there for ages. I always found their memory functions better to use too.



The point is the school and his/her classmates will be using the Casio version which is still under a fiver...

czechoslovakia

5318008 - Happy memories



I have the (close fitting) t-shirt. Unfortunately not as fun as I'd hoped, as it's not cryptic enough: everyone knows it means boobies!

I've always gotten on with Sharp calculators more easily than their Casio counterparts. I have a (very) similar looking model to this in my work desk drawer, and would happily recommend it. My favourite thing is that the viewing angle on the screen isn't set up to be best visible directly overhead, instead being clearest when the calculator is on the desk, a little in front of you.

If you're buying for a child, for school, I'd recommend going with whatever the school tell you to get. Most parents will get their recommended model, and it will be easier for the kids (and probably the teacher) to work if they aren't having to play "hunt the function" on a different model to their friends. Some schools do recommend the sharp ones, but the Casio ones are a lot more common.

If you're buying for yourself, then this is a bargain!

SHELLOIL

Original Poster

Kids nowadays!

Will breeze through, Pcs, iPads, mobile phones, YouTube, twitter, Facebook etc but might struggle with a calculator X)

czechoslovakia

5318008 - Happy memories



Always preferred 55378008 myself.

OOS @ my local voted hot for others
Edited by: "RGB" 27th Aug 2015

Go for a casio. If you are a university student, or planning to be one, I'm pretty sure only certain model casios are allowed in exams.

Everything mentioned by Casio commenters is correct. As a Maths teacher it is incredibly frustrating when I try to show a class how to do, for example, trigonometry and find that everyone's calculator has a different syntax:

"Yes, you need to press SIN first, then type in the angle, except James, Ashley and Morgan who need to type the number and then press SIN. People with the orange button calculators need to close the bracket after typing the angles before typing the rest of the calculation but people with the grey buttons shouldn't do that because you'll get an error message. For those of you using phones, you need to set the display to auto rotate and hold them horizontally. OK, everyone find sine of 90 and put your hand up if you get 0.89... or 0.98... - OK David yours is in radians, Jess yours is too. David, you need to press mode twice and then press the 1 key, Jess you need to press the shift button and then the settings button and then select the 1st option. Charles, yours is in gradians, go into the Android settings and set the default to degrees..."

gav989

"Yes, you need to press SIN first, then type in the angle, except James, … "Yes, you need to press SIN first, then type in the angle, except James, Ashley and Morgan who need to type the number and then press SIN. People with the orange button calculators need to close the bracket after typing the angles before typing the rest of the calculation but people with the grey buttons shouldn't do that because you'll get an error message. For those of you using phones, you need to set the display to auto rotate and hold them horizontally. OK, everyone find sine of 90 and put your hand up if you get 0.89... or 0.98... - OK David yours is in radians, Jess yours is too. David, you need to press mode twice and then press the 1 key, Jess you need to press the shift button and then the settings button and then select the 1st option. Charles, yours is in gradians, go into the Android settings and set the default to degrees..."



That made me laugh, and then made me feel both guilty for laughing and depressed at how much useful contact time that must cost us scaled up over the year, over many classes & schools.

Those Casios are still horrible to do SD/Variance on though



Edited by: "spheric" 27th Aug 2015

5318008

gav989

Everything mentioned by Casio commenters is correct. As a Maths teacher … Everything mentioned by Casio commenters is correct. As a Maths teacher it is incredibly frustrating when I try to show a class how to do, for example, trigonometry and find that everyone's calculator has a different syntax:"Yes, you need to press SIN first, then type in the angle, except James, Ashley and Morgan who need to type the number and then press SIN. People with the orange button calculators need to close the bracket after typing the angles before typing the rest of the calculation but people with the grey buttons shouldn't do that because you'll get an error message. For those of you using phones, you need to set the display to auto rotate and hold them horizontally. OK, everyone find sine of 90 and put your hand up if you get 0.89... or 0.98... - OK David yours is in radians, Jess yours is too. David, you need to press mode twice and then press the 1 key, Jess you need to press the shift button and then the settings button and then select the 1st option. Charles, yours is in gradians, go into the Android settings and set the default to degrees..."



That sounds super annoying.

Yep, go for a casio. The fx83gt+ (or the slightly more expensive fx85gt+ which is the same thing but with a solar panel and comes in various colours) is one of the best. It has a natural display, meaning you type it in and it looks like how it would look written down. Perfect for the odd 1 mark calculator question on a foundation paper which just tests your basic calculator skills. Great for higher tier students using the quadratic formula or cosine rule. The casio can also do Prime Factorisation, helping with Lowest Common Multiple / Highest Common Factor questions. I'm not aware of any other calculators for under a tenner that can do that.

These Sharp calculators are ok for the average home, but for school use, they're totally outdated. Spend the extra couple of quid and really help your kids out.
Edited by: "fishus101" 27th Aug 2015

As usual with argos

gav989

Everything mentioned by Casio commenters is correct...



Comical and as understandably frustrating as this is, I also find it more than a little sad that our education system (or the students within it?) has to homogenise rather than teach students to learn for themselves.

All these calculators come with instruction books and when I was a child (with my Sharp EL5812!) I just read the manual in order to understand how to use my calculator.

I prefer my current EL-W531 to the Casio I use at work, but I have to say the Casio fx-991 I bought my son is a beast and I'm amazed it's approved for GCSE work such is its capability. What this Sharp is like I cannot say but many of the Sharp Calculators are every bit the equal, or better, of the equivalent Casios.

Our kids are going to find the real world a real shock if they can't cope with a bit of difference in their lives.



Edited by: "alweekes" 27th Aug 2015

alweekes

Comical and as understandably frustrating as this is, I also find it more … Comical and as understandably frustrating as this is, I also find it more than a little sad that our education system (or the students within it?) has to homogenise rather than teach students to learn for themselves.All these calculators come with instruction books and when I was a child (with my Sharp EL5812!) I just read the manual in order to understand how to use my calculator.I prefer my current EL-W531 to the Casio I use at work, but I have to say the Casio fx-991 I bought my son is a beast and I'm amazed it's approved for GCSE work such is its capability. What this Sharp is like I cannot say but many of the Sharp Calculators are every bit the equal, or better, of the equivalent Casios.Our kids are going to find the real world a real shock if they can't cope with a bit of difference in their lives.




I did not even know teachers teach kids in the UK how to use their calculators. What then do they do with their God given brain? I schooled overseas, if I tell children in that part of the world that teachers (or some) teaches pupils/students how to use calculator's, they will be shocked. Enough of the spoon feeding, leave the kids, they will be capable of figuring things out themselves if pushed a little bit

Thanks OP, Heat.

opaninkofi

I did not even know teachers teach kids in the UK how to use their … I did not even know teachers teach kids in the UK how to use their calculators. What then do they do with their God given brain? I schooled overseas, if I tell children in that part of the world that teachers (or some) teaches pupils/students how to use calculator's, they will be shocked. Enough of the spoon feeding, leave the kids, they will be capable of figuring things out themselves if pushed a little bit



Though I agree that some kids could figure this stuff out for themselves (and often do), there are others who would never intuitively discover the syntax required for trigonometry, or that the "^" or "xʸ" symbol raises to a power etc.. If I told them just to figure it out, some kids would declare they could not do it and give up (I have had this happen many times with far simpler tasks, e.g. "what is six times eight?"), then go home to their parents and complain that I didn't help them. Parents, outraged that a teacher didn't help their child, then complain to my superiors and I get in trouble at work. This is not all kids, but in a class of thirty there will be at least one.

As for the specific example I used, kids rarely leave secondary school with an understanding of what the sin, cos or tan buttons are actually doing. They know how to use them to solve a problem, but they don't understand what they are doing in the same way that they understand what the + button does. Even the brightest teens would struggle with the response "Well, it's using the number you have provided as x and looking at one of three graphs derived from the relationship between the side lengths and angle of a triangle drawn in the unit circle to find the corresponding y-value", and since this knowledge is not required to get 100% on a GCSE exam paper I would avoid teaching it in full and spend the time reinforcing other, more salient knowledge.

Regardless, this is still a good price for the Sharp calculator.

gav989

Though I agree that some kids could figure this stuff out for themselves … Though I agree that some kids could figure this stuff out for themselves (and often do), there are others who would never intuitively discover the syntax required for trigonometry, or that the "^" or "xʸ" symbol raises to a power etc.. If I told them just to figure it out, some kids would declare they could not do it and give up (I have had this happen many times with far simpler tasks, e.g. "what is six times eight?"), then go home to their parents and complain that I didn't help them. Parents, outraged that a teacher didn't help their child, then complain to my superiors and I get in trouble at work. This is not all kids, but in a class of thirty there will be at least one.As for the specific example I used, kids rarely leave secondary school with an understanding of what the sin, cos or tan buttons are actually doing. They know how to use them to solve a problem, but they don't understand what they are doing in the same way that they understand what the + button does. Even the brightest teens would struggle with the response "Well, it's using the number you have provided as x and looking at one of three graphs derived from the relationship between the side lengths and angle of a triangle drawn in the unit circle to find the corresponding y-value", and since this knowledge is not required to get 100% on a GCSE exam paper I would avoid teaching it in full and spend the time reinforcing other, more salient knowledge.Regardless, this is still a good price for the Sharp calculator.



A very helpful and thoughtful teacher. Keep it up.
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