GATE 2018 Virtual Calculator - How to Use it?

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GATE 2018 Virtual Calculator - How to Use it?

GATE 2016 Virtual CalculatorGATE 2018 Virtual Calculator - How to use it? This is a question many GATE aspirants have considering that they generally use the physical calculator to work out their calculationsall during their graduation. So using the GATE 2018 virtual calculator requires a certain amount of practise and a good understanding of how it works. The GATE virtual calculator was slated to be introduced in 2015; however it was incorporated in 2016 and is now a part of the GATE test. The virtual calculator for GATE 2018 is available within the online test system and must be used by all aspirants appearing for the exam for their calculations. Candidates cannot carry a physical calculator while appearing for the exam. The GATE 2018 question Paper will be set with the incorporation of the GATE 2018 virtual calculator. All calculations that will be needed to be carried out must be done with the help of this calculator. Careers360 take a detailed look at the GATE 2018 virtual calculator and how to use it. The answers to some of the FAQs about the GATE 2018 virtual calculator  are given in this article along with some common examples of its working. Candidates can also use the given link to practise on the vitual calculator for GATE 2018 so that they get familiar to its working and prepare better for the exam.

Latest: IIT Guwahati will conduct GATE 2018 on February 3, 4, 10 and 11. Candidates can fill the online GATE 2018 application form from September 1 to October 5, 2018.

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Notable Features of the GATE Virtual Calculator

  • All keys required for simple operations can be found on the right hand side of the calculator as seen above.

  • All Scientific functions and operations are given on the left hand side.

  • Since the Inverse functions have separate keys, there is no need to press SHIFT or INV keys.

  • All trigonometric functions are grouped together

  • All the Inverse functions are placed below the respective functions. For example, sininv is placed below sin on the calculator

  • The Hyperbolic functions can be found grouped together.

  • Two display boxes are provided at the top of the virtual calculator.

  • The top box  indicates the sequence of the keys pressed. It is just for reference.

  • The second box below indicates the actual values entered or obtained after calculations.

GATE 2018 virtual calculator - How to use it?

How to Calculate

Examples for calculations

Simple Arithmetic calculations

To calculate 50 + 45 x 3 candidates must enter 50, +, 45, *, 3, =

To evaluate: 50 x 45-2 candidates must enter 50, *, 45, -, 2, =

Similarly to evaluate: 25 x (5+5) candidates must enter 25, *, (, 5, +, 5, ), =

How to evaluate function (value)

To evaluate 2 + log(20) x 5 candidates must enter 20, log, *, 5, +, 2, =

To evaluate log(30) x 5 - 7 candidates must enter 30, log,*, 5, -, 7, =

To evaluate In(25) x 2 + 5 candidates must enter 25, In, *, 2, +, 5, =

To evaluate 5 + In(25) x 2 candidates must enter 25, In, *, 2, +, 5,=

How to use sin(Degree), cos(Degree), tan(Degree)

To evaluate sin(45) or cos(45) or tan(45) candidates must enter 45, sin or cos or tan

To evaluate: tan(45) x 5 + 2 candidates must enter 45, tan, *, 5, +, 2, =

How to find out yroot() value

To evaluate 4th root of 5 candidates must enter 5, y√x, 4, =

How to find out cube() value

To evaluate: 563 x 6+8 candidates must enter 56, x3 , *, 6, +, 8, =

How to find π value

To evaluate 5 π candidates must enter 5, *, π

How to find cuberoot()

To evaluate cube root(3) candidates must enter 3,3√

How to find out square root

To evaluate square root(4) candidates must enter 4,√

How to find out factorial (nỊ)

 

To evaluate factorial(5) candidates must enter 5, nỊ

To evaluate factorial(6)*5-2 candidates must enter 6, nỊ, *, 5, -, 2, =

How to find exponential (ex )

To evaluate e0 candidates must enter 0, ex

How to find 10x

 

To evaluate 102.5 candidates must enter 2.5, 10x

To evaluate 10-0.509 candidates must enter 10, ^, 0.509, +/-, =

To evaluate 10-2 candidates must enter 10, ^, 2, +/-, =

FAQS on GATE Virtual Calculator 2018

 

Q1. How to do the calculations involving fractions?
Ans: There is no provision for fractions as NAT questions need answers only in decimal form.

Q2: How to convert polar to rectangular form and vice versa?
Ans: There are no separate keys available for this. So use the appropriate conversions using the calculator.

 

Q3:  How to represent Complex numbers?
Ans: Complex numbers cannot be represented. However questions related to any area where complex numbers might be deemed useful, eg. in power systems or other areas, can be solved using this calculator.

 

Q4:  How to carry out Matrix operations like inverse, transpose etc?
Ans: Matrix calculations cannot be done on this calculator. All the matrix related calculations must be done manually.

 

Q5:  How to solve quadratic, cubic or simultaneous equations?
Ans: The GATE  virtual calculator is a non-programmable calculator. Therefore one cannot solve equations in this.

 

Q6: Can one get a stand-alone calculator app for their mobile or computer?
Ans: No. The calculator can be accessed online only. An internet connection is required to load the calculator on your computer or mobile. However, once it is loaded, an internet connection is not needed to use it.

 

Q7: How to access the values of constants like Planck’s constant, electron mass etc.?
Ans: The constants needed for solving any questions will be provided in the GATE 2018 question paper. Candidates should know the values of constants where it is not mentioned.

 

Q8: Can a student use the keyboard?
Ans: No. students cannot access the keyboard during the entire duration of examination. They will have to use the mouse only.

 

Q9: How to evaluate 4root16?
Ans: The key sequence is 16, yrootx, 4. Students must remember that the top most display area will show the sequence of the keys pressed and not the formula.


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First Published On : 17 Dec 2015 12:37 PM IST
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