May 1, 2021

Windows 10 calculator uses a different approach for a standard equation

Is Windows 10 calculator really making mistakes in calculations, or it's just different than other calculators?
Windows 10 calculator

Windows 10 Calculator

What do you think, what would be the result of 5*7+7*5?

Was it 70, if yes, you are wrong as per the Windows 10 calculator in Standard mode.

Microsoft says the standard mode in Windows 10 calculator is for basic math.
It looks like, following the order of operations isn’t a part of basic math.

So if you really want the answer to that equation from Windows 10 calculator, you have to move to either the Scientific mode or Programmer mode.

Let me ask you, what is the recommended calculator for everyone? Certainly, the standard one.

But if everyone has to use a scientific calculator for basic maths then what is the point of giving standard features.

Windows 10 calculator can be used for very impressive purposes, such as currency conversion, date calculation, binary programming, etc, but if you expect a standard calculation to work, you actually have to go through the advanced modes.

PEMDAS – Order of operations

We all are familiar with PEMDAS, The order of operations that tells the correct sequence of steps for evaluating a math expression.

It’s the standard, used in maths otherwise you can have the wrong answer, but for Windows 10’s calculator, this doesn’t fall into the standard category.

Know why following the PEMDAS is important.

Calculate the above equation on either the Android phone or iPhone or Google. You will get the expected result. 

Should we rely more on Google and Apple for standard math equations? 

Many Windows 10 users have reported the issue to the Microsoft Community sectionAccording to the community, one should use the “Scientific” mode.  

We did report this to the Microsoft team, their response was to use the “Programmer” mode.

If you are also facing the same issue, then sharing this article would help others to know which specific calculator to use in Windows 10 to get the correct result.   

Now you know, how to get the correct result of a standard equation through Windows 10 calculator.

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  1. Taisha Leuck

    Better to use it in the scientific mode. Thanx for sharing.

  2. Coreyjen

    Just noticed this, thanx for highlighting it.

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