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Four Function Calculator

This is a supplemental task description for HW02, where we practice basic in-browser JS, HTML, and CSS.

Here's an old 4-function calculator:

4 function calculator

Relevent features:

  • A display showing a single number.
  • A grid of 4 by 4 buttons including:
    • Numbers 0 - 9
    • Four arithmetic operators (with + also acting as =).
    • C means "clear"
    • Decimal point

The calculator can be modeled as a state machine. Pressing any button does something meaningful at any time, but number buttons do two different things depending on the state:

  • Sometimes they add a digit to the current number.
  • Sometimes they start a new number.

Pressing a button should call a JavaScript function that updates the internal state and the display as appropriate.