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This section will show some typical small problems being solved with Calc. The focus is more on demonstration than explanation, but everything you see here will be covered more thoroughly in the Tutorial.

To begin, start Emacs if necessary (usually the command `emacs`

does this), and type `C-x * c` to start the
Calculator. (You can also use `M-x calc` if this doesn’t work.
See Starting Calc, for various ways of starting the Calculator.)

Be sure to type all the sample input exactly, especially noting the
difference between lower-case and upper-case letters. Remember,
`RET`, `TAB`, `DEL`, and `SPC` are the Return, Tab,
Delete, and Space keys.

**RPN calculation.** In RPN, you type the input number(s) first,
then the command to operate on the numbers.

Type `2 RET 3 + Q` to compute
the square root of 2+3, which is 2.2360679775.

Type `P 2 ^` to compute
the value of ‘pi’ squared, 9.86960440109.

Type `TAB` to exchange the order of these two results.

Type `- I H S` to subtract these results and compute the Inverse
Hyperbolic sine of the difference, 2.72996136574.

Type `DEL` to erase this result.

**Algebraic calculation.** You can also enter calculations using
conventional “algebraic” notation. To enter an algebraic formula,
use the apostrophe key.

Type `' sqrt(2+3) RET` to compute
the square root of 2+3.

Type `' pi^2 RET` to enter
‘pi’ squared.
To evaluate this symbolic formula as a number, type `=`.

Type `' arcsinh($ - $$) RET` to subtract the second-most-recent
result from the most-recent and compute the Inverse Hyperbolic sine.

**Keypad mode.** If you are using the X window system, press
`C-x * k` to get Keypad mode. (If you don’t use X, skip to
the next section.)

Click on the `2`, `ENTER`, `3`, `+`, and `SQRT`
“buttons” using your left mouse button.

Click on `PI`, `2`, and `y^x`.

Click on `INV`, then `ENTER` to swap the two results.

Click on `-`, `INV`, `HYP`, and `SIN`.

Click on `<-` to erase the result, then click `OFF` to turn
the Keypad Calculator off.

**Grabbing data.** Type `C-x * x` if necessary to exit Calc.
Now select the following numbers as an Emacs region: “Mark” the
front of the list by typing `C-SPC` or `C-@` there,
then move to the other end of the list. (Either get this list from
the on-line copy of this manual, accessed by `C-x * i`, or just
type these numbers into a scratch file.) Now type `C-x * g` to
“grab” these numbers into Calc.

1.23 1.97 1.6 2 1.19 1.08

The result ‘`[1.23, 1.97, 1.6, 2, 1.19, 1.08]`’ is a Calc “vector.”
Type `V R +` to compute the sum of these numbers.

Type `U` to Undo this command, then type `V R *` to compute
the product of the numbers.

You can also grab data as a rectangular matrix. Place the cursor on
the upper-leftmost ‘`1`’ and set the mark, then move to just after
the lower-right ‘`8`’ and press `C-x * r`.

Type `v t` to transpose this
3x2
matrix into a
2x3
matrix. Type `v u` to unpack the rows into two separate
vectors. Now type `V R + TAB V R +` to compute the sums
of the two original columns. (There is also a special
grab-and-sum-columns command, `C-x * :`.)

**Units conversion.** Units are entered algebraically.
Type `' 43 mi/hr RET` to enter the quantity 43 miles-per-hour.
Type `u c km/hr RET`. Type `u c m/s RET`.

**Date arithmetic.** Type `t N` to get the current date and
time. Type `90 +` to find the date 90 days from now. Type
`' <25 dec 87> RET` to enter a date, then `- 7 /` to see how
many weeks have passed since then.

**Algebra.** Algebraic entries can also include formulas
or equations involving variables. Type `' [x + y = a, x y = 1] RET`
to enter a pair of equations involving three variables.
(Note the leading apostrophe in this example; also, note that the space
in ‘`x y`’ is required.) Type `a S x,y RET` to solve
these equations for the variables ‘`x`’ and ‘`y`’.

Type `d B` to view the solutions in more readable notation.
Type `d C` to view them in C language notation, `d T`
to view them in the notation for the TeX typesetting system,
and `d L` to view them in the notation for the LaTeX typesetting
system. Type `d N` to return to normal notation.

Type `7.5`, then `s l a RET` to let ‘`a = 7.5`’ in these formulas.
(That’s the letter `l`, not the numeral `1`.)

**Help functions.** You can read about any command in the on-line
manual. Type `C-x * c` to return to Calc after each of these
commands: `h k t N` to read about the `t N` command,
`h f sqrt RET` to read about the `sqrt`

function, and
`h s` to read the Calc summary.

Press `DEL` repeatedly to remove any leftover results from the stack.
To exit from Calc, press `q` or `C-x * c` again.

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