# HP 50g User Manual Page 133

Graphing calculator.

Real number calculations will be demonstrated in both the Algebraic (ALG) and
Reverse Polish Notation (RPN) modes.
Changing sign of a number, variable, or expression
Use the \ key. In ALG mode, you can press \ before entering the
number, e.g., \2.5`. Result = -2.5. In RPN mode, you need to
enter at least part of the number first, and then use the \ key, e.g.,
2.5\. Result = -2.5. If you use the \ function while there is no
command line, the calculator will apply the NEG function (inverse of sign) to the
object on the first level of the stack.
The inverse function
Use the Ykey. In ALG mode, press Y first, followed by a number or
algebraic expression, e.g., Y2. Result = ½ or 0.5. In RPN mode, enter
the number first, then use the key, e.g., 4`Y. Result = ¼ or 0.25.
Use the proper operation key, namely, + - * /. In ALG mode,
press an operand, then an operator, then an operand, followed by an ` to
obtain a result. Examples:
The first three operations above are shown in the following screen shot:
In RPN mode, enter the operands one after the other, separated by an `,
then press the operator key. Examples:
3.7 + 5.2 `
6.3 - 8.5 `
4.2 * 2.5 `
2.3 / 4.5 `
3.7` 5.2 +
6.3` 8.5 -
4.2` 2.5 *
2.3` 4.5 /
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