# basic calculator

basic calculator, aka basic calculator, is a programming language created in 1975. bc, for basic calculator (often referred to as bench calculator), is "an arbitrary-precision calculator language" with syntax similar to the C programming language. bc is typically used as either a mathematical scripting language or as an interactive mathematical shell. A typical interactive usage is typing the command bc on a Unix command prompt and entering a mathematical expression, such as (1 + 3) * 2, whereupon 8 will be output. Read more on Wikipedia...

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- basic calculator ranks in the top 25% of languages
- the basic calculator wikipedia page
- basic calculator first appeared in 1975
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- See also: c, unix, dc, reverse-polish-notation, yacc, bash
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### Example code from Wikipedia:

$ result=$(echo "scale=2; 5 * 7 /3;" | bc) $ echo $result 11.66

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