basic calculator, aka basic calculator, is a historical 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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Example code from Wikipedia:

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

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