Use the SAFE Calculator feature to assist with mathematic operations in forms that accept generic entry. That is, when a command accesses a form where you add values in edit boxes, use the Calculator feature if needed to calculate the values to be entered. The Calculator can also be used to display the units for a given parameter.
Access the Calculator feature as follows:
You must have a form open that accepts generic entry. For example,
Click the Define menu > Slab Properties command and the button to access the Slab Property Data form.
Click in the Thickness edit box.
Type the mathematical operation, e.g., 15/12, directly into the edit box (the program will calculate the value 1.25 and place it in the edit box), or hold down the shift key and click the left mouse button twice to access the Calculator form.
Areas on the Calculator Form
Formula edit box. Type the desired formula directly into this edit box.
button. Click this button after the formula has been entered in the Formula edit box.
Result edit box. As the name implies, the calculated result is displayed in this edit box after you click the button.
Note that the parenthetic information displayed in this area of the form identifies the units of the value in the edit box and, if appropriate, whether an angle is in degrees or radians.
View The options on the View menu provide access to other calculator functions. The additional functions can be displayed (Show All) or hidden (Hide All) with a single View menu command. The additional functions include Format, Functions and Memory.
Format . Specify the format for displaying the calculated result (General, Number, Percentage, or Scientific).
Decimal places. Specify the number of decimal places to be used in displaying the result.
Show 1000's separator. When this check box is checked, comma separators will be used in larger numbers, such as 1,000 or 10,000.
Insert Function in Formula
Type. Select the type of mathematic function you would like to use from the drop-down list (Basic Math, Trigonometry, Length Conversions, Force Conversions, Temp Conversions, Angle Conversions, Hyperbolic Trigonometry). Note that as you highlight a type in the drop-down list, the display box to the right provides a brief description of the format of the result as specified by the selected Type and Function.
Function. The selections available in this drop-down list vary depending on the type of mathematic function selected in the Type drop-down list. Note that as you highlight a function in the drop-down list, the display box to the right provides a brief description of the format of the result as specified by the selected Type and Function.
button Click this button to insert the function in the Formula edit box in the Calculate Formula area of the form.
Specify a value or formula that can be recalled during calculation of a result. Click the Memory 2 button to save the information.or
Click thebutton to use the value or formula stored in Memory 1. Note that the value or formula appears in the Formula edit box in the Calculate Formula area of the form.
Click thebutton to use the value or formula stored in Memory 2. Note that the value or formula appears in the Formula edit box in the Calculate Formula area of the form.
Edit. The Edit menu includes an Undo command and commands to clear specific items or all items on the form. In addition, the Edit menu > Copy Result command copies the calculated result to the target edit box.
Angles. Allows you to set the angle to degrees or radians.
Close. Allows you to accept the data entered on the form () or not ( ).