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Section 7: Mathematics and Number-Alteration Functions

The Power Function

Pressing q calculates a power of a number – that is, y
function +, q requires two numbers:
1. Key in the base number (which is designated by the y on the key).
2. Press \ to separate the second number (the exponent) from the first (the
base).
3. Key in the exponent (which is designated by the x on the key).
4. Press q to calculate the power.
To Calculate
Keystrokes (RPN mode)
1.4
2
2\1.4q
–1.4
2
2\1.4Þq
3
(–2)
2Þ\3q
3
2
1/3
2\3yq
or 2
x
. Like the arithmetic
Display
2.64
0.38
–8.00
1.26

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