Is there a difference between an adding machine and a calculator?

Posted by on

 

 

Calculators putting aside their differences and coming together

Adding machines and calculators both perform basic mathematical calculations, but their two machines differ in their operation, features, and functionality.

Basic Differences

The biggest difference between adding machines and calculators is that adding machines provide a printed receipt for each entry and calculators display information on a screen.

Be a different type of CPA
Learn how to problem solve

Operations

Adding machines accept numeric entries followed by mathematical function indicators. 

Calculators accept the mathematical function followed by the number. 

Because adding machines feature the additional functionality of printing each entry, the adding machines often feature special keys to control the paper advance or display subtotal information.

Advanced Functionality

Adding machines perform basic mathematical functions (addition, subtraction and multiplication)

Calculators can perform advanced functions (calculus and trigonometry).

Add functionality
Be the swiss army knife of CPAs

Uses

Calculators are used in schools, universities and numerous professional applications. 

Adding machines typically are used in banks and accounting firms.

Related Posts

Chronicles of the TI calculator and the HP calculator tribal wars
Chronicles of the TI calculator and the HP calculator tribal wars
    The battle between the TI calculator tribe and the HP calculator tribe is real. The battle to end al...
Read More
3 keys to being a top-performing auditor
3 keys to being a top-performing auditor
    Being an internal auditor takes the right mix of skills. To have successful internal audits, auditor...
Read More
Learn the 10 Key Calculator and Save Time
Learn the 10 Key Calculator and Save Time
Learn the 10-key and save time. Do you know how to use a 10 key keypad (or ten key calculator)? This is a largely ign...
Read More

← Older Post Newer Post →



Leave a comment

Please note, comments must be approved before they are published