Essential Casio Calculator Skills - Succeed with Math!
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Introductory course as part of The Calculator Guide series for Casio Calculators including fx-83/85GT PLUS and similar.
3.9 (80 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
2,524 students enrolled
Created by Steven Gardiner
Last updated 1/2016
Price: Free
  • 1 hour on-demand video
  • 1 Article
  • 4 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Develop confidence in using your Casio scientific calculator for mathematics classes and exams
  • Find out the purpose of some of the most accessible and easy-to-use functions of a modern scientific calculator
  • Apply your knowledge of these calculator functions to questions you might encounter in your mathematics course.
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  • Own or have use of a Natural-VPAM calculator.

Essential Casio Calculator Skills is designed to help you to learn and develop your ability to use your Casio scientific calculator.

In this course, you will discover the features and functions and how they can help you with your mathematical learning. It can also help you to develop quick and efficient skills to help you in a mathematics exam. A calculator is typically the only piece of technology you are allowed in an exam, so it is up to you to know how you can get the best out of and achieve the results you want.

The course will cover an overview of the calculator and some of the easy and frequently used functions. In the course you will also explore different representations of numbers, namely fractions, decimals and percentages and how the calculator can change between them.

Finally I will take you through the key set up feature of Math and Line mode as well as the different modes that the calculator has to offer.

About the calculator.

This course starts at the beginning and assumes that you have a Casio calculator or have regular access to one.

It is primarily designed for the FX-83GT Plus / FX-85GT Plus available in the UK. Similar textbook display or Natural V.P.A.M calculators are known by different codes around the world.

Below is a list of other Casio calculators for which the majority, if not all, of the described functions are available. The list is not exclusive.

FX-300ES Plus

FX-350ES Plus

FX-82ES Plus

FX-85ES Plus

FX-85ES Plus

FX-95ES Plus

FX-500VN Plus


FX-991ES Plus

FX-115ES Plus

FX-570ES Plus




Who is the target audience?
  • School and college students studying a mathematics course (or a course with mathematical content), who would like to develop their knowledge of using a scientific calculator effectively.
  • Adult learners wanting to develop calculator skills for a mathematics course or who are not familiar with using a scientific calculator.
  • Teachers or lecturers involved in teaching mathematics at any level, who wish to develop skills using a scientific calculator.
  • University students who are required to use these types of calculator, rather than a graphing calculator.
  • Parents who wish to improve their calculator skills to help their children with mathematics homework.
  • Professionals who are required to use a scientific calculator.
  • Anyone interested in improving calculator and mathematical skills.
  • This is a beginner’s course and some students may be very familiar with some of the features, however you may benefit from gaining a few extra ideas and insights.
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Curriculum For This Course
Start learning the Essential Casio Calculator Skills
2 Lectures 03:22

Get ready to start your journey into learning some of easily accessible features of your calculator.

Introduction to Essential Casio Calculator Skills

Resetting Your Calculator
Overview of the Calculator
2 Lectures 04:51

A short overview video to the key layout of the Casio calculator. Also includes a brief description of the location of key buttons for accessing different functions.

Overview of the Calculator Layout

A look at seven of the most popular and well used functions on the Casio VPAM Scientific calculator, including how to input fractions, use your previous answer in your next calculation and how to delete your inputting mistakes.

Overview of popular functions

Quiz 1
3 questions
Different Representations, such as fractions, decimals, surds and percentages
6 Lectures 13:15
Converting between fractions, decimals and surds using the S<>D button.

Mixed Numbers and Improper Fractions

Percentage of amounts and percentage changes

How to find percentage changes and orginal amounts.

How to input recurring decimals.

Recurring Decimals for fx-300ES and others.
1 page

How well can you use the calculator so far, especially the S<>D button.
Different Representations
3 questions
Memory & Modes.
9 Lectures 33:42
Storing and Recalling Values - The STO and RCL function

Math Display VS. Line Display. Which is better?

Warning. If you prefer Line mode and you need to reset.

Printable Pdf for the next lesson.
1 page

The Mode Menu and TABLE mode

STAT Mode - Finding a total, a mean and placing values in order.

Independent Memory - Totalling values and finding the mean.

VERIFY Mode - Checking values and identities.

Discover how verify mode can check the expansion of expressions.

Verifying expressions using VERIFY mode

This quiz will test you on the key features of the different modes and the memory functionsof your calculator.

Quiz on Modes and Memory
4 questions
Finish and Extra Material
3 Lectures 02:37

Downloadable Equivalent Representations task and a Calculator skills based Tarsia puzzle.

Downloadable Teacher Resources

Extra Lesson - Divide an amount by a given ratio
About the Instructor
Steven Gardiner
3.7 Average rating
94 Reviews
2,665 Students
2 Courses
Online Instructor and Mathematics teacher

I have been teaching mathematics for over seven years and am excited about teaching students how to get more out of using technology for learning, specifically their calculator. I started The Calculator Guide, a growing collection of videos and resources in February 2015 and am happy to be developing courses online and on Udemy.

I have recently completed an MSc in Mathematics Education where my dissertation examined students perceptions and knowledge of a Natural Display Calculator and explored new ways of using the calculator to help students and teachers.