Console Calculator Manual
Console Calculator is a powerful calculator with a simple console interface. In addition to being a high-precision calculator (300+ bits of precision), it also support base conversion, units conversion, and much more. The interface is convenient and easy to use. Create your own variables and functions, recall previous entries, and quickly hide it with a keystroke. Many other conveniences are included that make Console Calculator a multi-function tool that engineers or software developers will appreciate.
High-precision scientific calculator:
Calculator Tutorial: The Basics
At the “> ” prompt, type a mathematical expression or formula and press enter to calculate the result. For example, after the prompt, type “4+5*4” followed by the enter key. The result would be:
ans = 24
If you then typed, “ans / 2“, your result would be:
ans = 12
To perform a quick calculation on the previous result, instead of typing “ans“, you may type the operator (*, /, +, or -) at the new prompt and the “ans” will be inserted automatically. For example, type “+” at the beginning of a new line, and “ans+” will automatically appear. The “-” key is an exception. The first “-” will be interpreted as a negative sign. Type the “-” key twice at the beginning of the prompt line to be replaced with “ans-“.
Put multiple calculations in a single line, separated by a semicolon. “m = 5; m+2” would result with:
ans = 7
Using a semicolon also suppressed the result from being displayed, similar to Matlab. This is useful when making script files.
Use hex and binary: “0xFF + 0b1001” would result with:
ans = 264
Use as a unit converter: “10 in->cm” converts 10 inches into centimeters. The result is how many centimeters are in 10 inches:
ans = 25.4
|-, +, *, /||Subtract, Add, Multiply, Divide|
|^||Raise to power (or exponent) ie. 3^3 = 27|
|%||Integer modulo, or remainder function. ie. 7%3 = 1|
|!||Factorial. i.e. 4! = 4*3*2*1 = 24|
|<<, >>||Bitwise shift left, right|
|&, |, @||Bitwise AND, OR, XOR|
|<, <=, >, >=, ==, !=||Comparison and inequalities|
|&&, ||||C-style logical AND, OR (non-zero is logical TRUE)|
|( ), [ ]||Parenthesis may be used|
More advanced math functions are available, such as square root and trig functions. More information on these functions is available: Built-In Math Functions.
History: Recall Previous Entries
You may press the up or down arrows to quickly copy previous entries to the current prompt, similar to a UNIX console.
For example, “m = 25” creates a variable m which can be used in later calculations. The variable pi = 3.14159… is predefined. The variable ans is always equal to the previous result.
Define Custom Functions
For example, “par(x,y) = x*y/(x+y)” creates a function which takes 2 parameters, x and y. Then use the function like this: “par(10,10)“ and the result is “5″. Functions that you create are saved for use in future console calculator sessions. The ”list” command will display all user-defined functions.
Copy Previous Result
If you copy with no text selected, the previous result is automatically placed into the clipboard and ready to paste into another application. (Only the numerical answer is copied, the “ans =″ text is not!)
High Precision Floating Point
Arithmetic with high precision floating point numbers. Over 100 significant digits of decimal accuracy. Most calculators perform double-byte floating point calculations, which are 64 bit structures. Console Calculator gives you not 64 bits or 128 bits but (352 bits of arithmetic accuracy! This is nearly astronomical precision.
You may use metric unit prefixes appended to the end of a number to automatically adjust units. For example, “5M + 100k” + enter would result with:
ans = 5100000
|Peta- P 10^15 1 000 000 000 000 000
Tera- T 10^12 1 000 000 000 000
Giga- G 10^9 1 000 000 000
Mega- M 10^6 1 000 000
kilo- k 10^3 1000
centi- c 10^-2 0.01
milli- m 10^-3 0.001
micro- u 10^-6 0.000 001
nano- n 10^-9 0.000 000 001
pico- p 10^-12 0.000 000 000 001
femto- f 10^-15 0.000 000 000 000 001
atto- a 10^-18 0.000 000 000 000 000 001
Save and Open Scripts
You may save the contents of the current console to a script file which may be run again at a later time. Each line of a script file must be a valid mathematical expression and commands may be seperated by semicolons. Script lines ending with a semicolon will have their console output suppressed when run. Lines beginning with # sign are ignored as comments.
Mac OS X Note: A script file is just a plain text file, but the *.script extension is assigned to Console Calculator.
Command-Line Interface (Windows Only)
The calculator has some command-line options that may be useful. Blind students have found it useful, and others have found it useful for automated calculations.
ccalc [inputfile] [-o outputfile] [-q]
- inputfile: a script file which is run immediately when ccalc starts.
- outputfile: the contents of the session are saved to this file once the CCalc window is closed.
- -q: if the -q tag is used, the calculator will perform the calculations in the inputfile, save results in the outputfile, and immediately quit. The console calculator window never even opens in this case. This is most useful for automated calculations.
Built-in Math Functions
Built-in functions include scientific, trig and math.h compatible functions. Function names are case-insensitive.
- sqrt – square root
- ln – natural log
- log – log base 10
- logxx – log base xx (log2 for log base 2, log8 for log base 8, etc)
- ln – natural log
- exp – exponential, e^…
- sin – sine
- cos – cosine
- tan – tangent
- asin – arcsine
- acos – arcosine
- atan – arctangent
- sinh – hyperbolic sine
- cosh – hyperbolic cosine
- tanh – hyperbolic tangent
- abs – absolute value
- round – round function, rounds up or down to the nearest integer
- ceil – ceiling function, rounds up to the nearest integer
- floor – floor function, rounds down to the nearest integer
- rand – random number generator, with maximum value specified
- mod – modulus function (remainder)
As mentioned previously, custom functions may also be created.
Preferences may be set to control the look and behavior of the calculator. Note some options mentioned below are for Windows only.
Radian or Degree mode
|This effects trigonometric functions.|
Font and Colors
|Change the font, size, color, and background color.|
|The base can be set to either Binary, Decimal, or Hexadecimal. 100 may be displayed as 100, 0×64, or 0b1100100. This effects only the displayed result.|
Display Scientific Notation
|Auto: Scientific notation is only used for very small or large floating point numbers.Never: Scientific notation is never used.Always Scientific: Scientific notation is used at all times. (Scientific notation example: 123.88 is displayed as 1.23880e2)Engineering: Engineering notation is used. (Numbers are displayed with exponents in multiples of 3.)Engineering Prefix: Engineering SI-unit prefixes are used. (123.88e-6 is displayed as 123.88u)Financial: Constant number of decimal places. Scientific notation is never used.|
Max Significant Figures
|Maximum number of significant figures to display, used when displaying in scientific notation. (Significant figures are not applied to integers unless they are being displayed in scientific notation.)|
Display Thousands Separator
|For certain large numbers, when not using scientific notation, it is helpful to use a thousands separator, such as a comma. For example: 12,888.12. Note that this is for display only; separators are not recognized when entering an equation.|
|When displaying HEX or BINARY values, negative values can optionally be displayed as two’s complement notation.|
|Transparency of the window may be adjusted between 0% and 100%.|
Command History Size
|Number of stored previous entries.|
Always on Top
|When enabled, the window will float above all other windows. Indicated also by a pushpin icon in the calculator window.|
Snap-to Screen Edge
|When enabled, the window will snap to screen edged when moved.|
Minimize to system tray
|When enabled, the calculator will minimize to a system tray icon.|
Allow multiple instances
|When enabled, multiple CCalc.exe windows (instances) can be running at the same time. Otherwise, only a single CCalc window can be active, and this window will be brought to the forefront if CCalc.exe is opened again.|
Reassign Calculator AppKey
|Certain keyboards have a calculator appkey, which opens the windows calculator by default. If this box is checked, Console Calculator will become the default application when the appkey is pressed. (This is accomplished by editing the Windows registry key:
|When enabled, current expression is calculated as it is typed in the Status Bar. Enable the Status Bar in the Options menu or Ctrl-B.|
European style delimiters
|When enabled, this essentially swaps the meaning of the comma “,” and period “.” from the US custom, so that a period separates thousands and comma indicates decimals. For example, with european style 1,024.56 would be 1.024,56. This will also effect the character used to separate arguments in a function. instead of f(x,y) you must use f(x.y) to separate the x and y arguments.|
10-Key Calculator Mode
|When enabled, the calculator behaves as a 10-key calculator. Basically, a tenkey assumes that you are adding a series of numbers. Consequently, the fundamental operation consists of entering numbers and their signs, which the application will sum:
1) Enter number.
2+ 3+ => 5
A tenkey also keeps the last number you entered in its cache; if you enter another operator without explicitly typing a new number, the tenkey will use the contents of the cache.
2+++ => 2+ 2+ 2+ => 6
Several of the options above can be scripted or changed via commands at the prompt. Below are the available commands.
|clear or cls||Clear the screen text.|
|del X (or rem X)||Deletes user-defined function or variable X. To delete all stored variables, use del all.|
|disp X||Prints a variable name and value.|
|display [dec|hex|bin]||Sets the display base, such as display hex|
|echo text string||Prints a text to console (useful for scripting).|
|european [on|off]||Turns european delimiters on/off.|
|exit||Exit the calculator.|
|list||Lists all user-defined functions.|
|mode [rad|deg]||Sets to radian or degree mode.|
|scimode [auto|never|always|eng|prefix|finance]||Sets the scientific display mode preference.|
|sigfigs X||Sets the number of max significant figures to X.|
|unit newunit||Define a new unit type for units converter.
|gospel||The good news.|
This calculator interprets several different numerical bases and can convert from one base to another. You may change the displayed base in the “Options” menu or using the keyboard shortcuts shown below. Holding down the shift key while changing the base will display the previous answer in the new base without changing the default base permanently.
Set display base:
|Binary (base 2)||Ctrl-1|
|Decimal (base 10)||Ctrl-2|
|Hexadecimal (base 16)||Ctrl-3|
Using Decimal, Hex and Binary
Decimal numbers are assumed, but you can specify a number as binary with a “0b” or hex with a “0x“.
The number 15 (decimal) in different bases:
For example, “15 + 0×5 + 0b101” would result with:
ans = 25
When viewing negative numbers as binary or hex, two’s complement notation is optional. Two’s complement is the way that computers typically store signed integers in memory. For example, -5 could be displayed in hex as a 32-bit two’s complement, which would be 0xFFFFFFFB rather than -0×0005. This can be a handy option for software developers, though it is off by default.
CCalc is also a fully featured units conversion utility. Convert from SI units to non-SI units. Convert between units of length, area, volume, force, and many other types of units in a convenient way. Simply enter the number and unit you are converting from, type the convert operator (a minus and greater-than sign, “->”), and finally the unit to convert to. If you need a unit that is not a built-in, you can define your own custom units! Once created, new unit definitions are saved permanently in the ccalc_functions.txt for future console calculator sessions. Below are some unit conversion examples.
|Get conversion factor||in -> cm||ans = 2.54|
|Inches to centimeters||20*5 in -> cm||ans = 254|
|Miles per hour to meters per second||70 mi/h->m/s||ans = 31.2928|
|Newton-meters to milljoules||50 N-m->millijoules||ans = 50000|
|Square meters to acres
|ans = 2.4710538|
|Define a new unit: furlong||unit furlong = 201.168 meters||new unit created!|
Table of Built-In Units and Abbreviations