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) .

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) .

Reservation number: 645570

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Brentwood

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

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

5318008 - Happy memories

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

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!

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!

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

Always preferred 55378008 myself.

Edited by:"RGB" 27th Aug 2015"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,

youneed 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 2015That sounds super annoying.

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 2015Comical 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 2015I 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.

A very helpful and thoughtful teacher. Keep it up.