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HP 50g Graphing Calculator Quick Start Guide
Edition 1
HP Part Number: F2229-90201
HP 50g Graphing Calculator Quick Start Guide


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  • Page 1 HP 50g Graphing Calculator Quick Start Guide Edition 1 HP Part Number: F2229-90201 HP 50g Graphing Calculator Quick Start Guide...
  • Page 2 HP 50g Graphing Calculator HP 50g Graphing Calculator Quick Start Guide...
  • Page 3: Keyboard Map Legend

    Header area The table above and the photo on the previous page illustrate just a few of the many features available on the HP 50g Graphing Calcu- lator. These topics, as well as other features of the calculator, are discussed in the following quick start guide. For a complete list of fea- tures of the HP 50g Graphing Calculator, refer to the HP 50g Graphing Calculator User’s Manual, the HP 50g Graphing Calculator...
  • Page 4: Legal Notices

    Legal Notices This manual and any examples contained herein are provided "as is" and are subject to change without notice. Hewlett-Packard Company makes no war- ranty of any kind with regard to this manual, including, but not limited to, the implied warranties of merchantability, non-infringement and fitness for a par- ticular purpose.
  • Page 5: Table Of Contents

    Table of Contents HP 50g Graphing Calculator..........................ii Keyboard Map Legend ............................iii Legal Notices..............................iv Welcome to your HP 50g Graphing Calculator .....................1 Manual Conventions............................2 Keyboard, Menus, and Annunciators........................2 Basic Math ................................4 Using RPN.................................5 Working in Algebraic Mode from RPN Mode ......................8 Using Equation Solvers ............................9...
  • Page 6 Contents...
  • Page 7: Welcome To Your Hp 50g Graphing Calculator

    The 50g is capable of performing operations in both Algebraic and Reverse Polish Notation (RPN) modes. Although Algebraic is the default operating mode, it is highly recommended you take the time to learn RPN, as many of the 50g’s features work more efficiently when performed in RPN.
  • Page 8: Manual Conventions

    Manual Conventions This manual makes use of certain conventions with text to differentiate between key presses and on screen display options. • Keyboard keys are represented by CAPITAL letters. he symbols represent the left-shift and right-shift keys, respectively. These symbols, when followed by CAPITAL •...
  • Page 9 4 above before preceding. Now that your 50g is ready to go, let’s look at the screen (see Figure 2). The top section is called the header. The header displays important information about the status of the calculator: RAD XYZ HEX R= 'X' ALG and {HOME}. These groups of letters indicate the calculator is set for radians, Cartesian coordinates, the Hexagesimal number base, real numbers with exact results, 'X' as the default variable, and Algebraic operating mode.
  • Page 10: Basic Math

    The bottom portion is where the edit, or entry line, and the menu appear. For more information on the keyboard, menus, and the calculator display, see Chapter 1 of the HP 50g Graphing Calculator User’s Manual or the HP 50g Graphing Calculator User’s Guide.
  • Page 11: Using Rpn

    RPN's greatest strength is that it lets you work out problems one small piece at a time. You don't have to type everything into a long equa- tion and worry about using parentheses to set the order of operation. Because the 50g comes from a line of calculators that used RPN exclusively, the calculator is easier to use and functions most effectively in RPN mode.
  • Page 12 Figure 4 Upon exiting, you will notice that the left side of the screen has numbers from 1-7 (see Figure 5). Press the 2 key, followed by the key. Press the 3 4 keys, in that order, followed by ENTER. The three numbers appear on different levels of the stack, numbered 1-7.
  • Page 13 Figure 8 Figure 9 Figure 10 18. Let's calculate 16/3. However, the numbers are in the wrong order on the stack for this operation. No problem, press the RIGHT cursor key to swap their positions (see Figure 8). Now press and 5.33 (repeating) appears.
  • Page 14: Working In Algebraic Mode From Rpn Mode

    The final result, 4.5727… is returned. For more information about RPN, see Chapter 2 of the HP 50g Graphing Calculator User’s Manual or calculators. Working in Algebraic Mode from RPN Mode 23.
  • Page 15: Using Equation Solvers

    26. With RPN as the active operating mode, you can still use Algebraic mode at anytime. Press so '' appears on the editline. ³ You can now enter data just as you normally would in Algebraic mode. For example, with '' on the editline, type 2 2 .
  • Page 16 29. There are two major types of solvers on the 50g: numeric and symbolic. Let's examine the Numeric Solver first. Press followed by 7(N.SLV). A choose box appears. Press 3 and note how the highlight jumps to the corresponding item. Press 1 to jump back to Solve Equation and press ENTER.
  • Page 17 Figure 18 Figure 19 Figure 20 Figure 21 Figure 22 Figure 23 Notice how your solver screen now has fields to enter values for A, B, and C (see Figure 22). Note A is currently highlighted. Type 10 and press ENTER. A now has the value 10, and the highlight moves to B. You can also type simple math problems in an input form.
  • Page 18: Using Units

    @-]]!] Figure 24). It is necessary to assign units for all three variables so the 50g knows which units to use during the calculation, as the 50g won’t know which unit to assign to a variable without a unit. Note how the units are preceded by the underscore edit mark in the key sequence above by pressing Now press UP to select C and press the SOLVE menu key.
  • Page 19 (see Figure 29). The 50g supports compound units as well, such as m/s. Many units are defined by combinations of other unit types. A well known example is the Newton, a measure of force. Press 1 , the FORCE menu key, followed by the N menu key.
  • Page 20: Memory Management

    --------------- - 40. The 50g supports many other unit capabilities such as prefixes (giga, kilo, centi, micro, etc.) and is an invaluable tool for physics and engineering problems. Using the built-in unit tools, you can utilize units directly in your calculations and save yourself from time-consuming conversions.
  • Page 21 Using the equation library, you can numerically solve, with full unit support, series of related equations quickly by entering a few of the variables. Also included with the 50g is the HP Periodic Table of the Elements. The Periodic Table of the Elements displays a graphical...
  • Page 22: Graphing Functions

    on those properties, and calculates molecular weights for chemical formulas. These tools come installed on your calculator, and you are encouraged to explore them after you complete this quick start guide. To access these installed library programs, press APPS and scroll to the bottom of the list using the UP or DOWN cursor keys. If you do not see the Equation Library or The Periodic Table of the Elements in that list, it has been deleted from Port 2 of your calculator.
  • Page 23 Window to check the window size (see Figure 41). In here, you can change your default horizontal and vertical window settings. The default values should work fine, so press the ERASE menu key to remove any previous graphs, followed by the DRAW menu key. The 50g graphs the plot (see Figure 42). Figure 39...
  • Page 24 Figure 43 Figure 44 Figure 45 Use the cursor keys to move along the axes. Press the ZOOM menu key to open a menu with zooming options. In here, you can zoom in and out, select a region using a box, and find many other options. Press a few times to see more options.
  • Page 25: Advanced Memory Management

    ENTER. The table jumps to that value and redisplays, as shown in Figure 49. For more information about graphing, see Chapter 10 of the HP 50g Graphing Calculator User’s Manual or Chapters 12 and 22 of the HP 50g Graphing Calculator User’s Guide.
  • Page 26 7, and then press ENTER. Your previous EQ appears, along with A, B ,and C. Notice that even though there is no A in this folder, the 50g searches upwards in memory, discovers an A variable in the directory above, and uses it. This behavior can often surprise new users who get an unexpected answer when using the Computer Algebra System (CAS), because an old X variable is found.
  • Page 27: Using The Computer Algebra System (cas) - Approximate Versus Exact

    Exact and Approximate modes used during calculations. When using the CAS, be aware of all of the calculator’s current settings by glancing at the header. If you do not verify the settings before calculations, the 50g may not return expected results.
  • Page 28: Factoring And Solving

    Factoring and Solving 64. Another nice feature about RPN in Exact mode is you can build equations on the stack as you work. Press (x key) (see Figure 56). Notice as you type the equation is built step-by-step in the display. 65.
  • Page 29 3 X= 3 }, is returned (see Figure 63). Press to delete the result. For more information, see Chapter 5 of the HP 50g Graphing Calculator User’s Manual or Chapter 5 of the HP 50g Graphing Calculator User’s Guide. Figure 62...
  • Page 30: Simplification And Integration

    Finally, press the PARTF menu key to split the expression into separate terms (see Figure 66). For more information, see Chapter 1 1 of the HP 50g Graphing Calculator User’s Manual or Chapters 13 and 14 of the HP 50g Graphing Calculator User’s Guide.
  • Page 31: Troubleshooting And Faqs

    CAS command, the results generally will not be returned as expected. • Fourth, the result is returned in a non-simplified, or a different form than expected. To solve this, the 50g allows the user to rewrite the equations using many different tools.
  • Page 32 Table 1- 1 Troubleshooting and FAQ's Common Problem/Question Solution Why is my function There may be an error in the function, but if everything appears correct, there is probably a number returning a wrong answer? stored in one of your variables. This variable may be in your current directory or in a higher directory on your calculator.
  • Page 33 SD card is the quickest and easiest way to transfer files. Everything you can do with the calculator? connectivity kit you can also do with an SD card. For more information, see Chapter 26 of the HP 50g Graphing Calculator User's Guide.
  • Page 34: Basic Features, Customizing The Calculator, And Setting The Internal Clock

    Guide are included for reference. You are encouraged to consult these pages of the user’s guide for more information and detailed descriptions. For useful key shortcuts for some of the tasks listed below, also refer to Appendix G of the HP 50g Graphing Calculator User’s Guide.
  • Page 35 EquationWriter. Within a highlighted area, the DEL key command deletes the latest entry, much like the back- space key. For more information, see Chapter 2 of the HP 50g Graphing Calculator User’s Manual or Chapter 2 of the HP 50g Graphing Calculator User’s Guide.
  • Page 36 Press to return to the Calculator Modes menu and continue viewing/changing the settings. For more information, see Chapter 1 of the HP 50g Graphing Calculator User’s Manual or Chapter 2 of the HP 50g Graphing Calculator User’s Guide. Getting Started...
  • Page 37 ENTER to save settings and return to the Calculator Modes page. Press the OK menu key once again to return to the {HOME} view. For more information, see Chapter 1 of the HP 50g Graphing Calculator User’s Manual or the HP 50g Graphing Calculator User’s Guide. Resetting the If the calculator locks up and seems to be stuck, you can reset it using a keyboard reset.
  • Page 38 2. Using the cursor keys, higlight Set time, date..., or press . Note: you may also set and browse alarms, and use Time tools from this menu. For a complete list of Time tools, see Chapter 25 of the HP 50g Graphing Calculator User’s Guide.
  • Page 39: Replacing The Batteries

    Replacing the Batteries The HP 50g calculator takes 4 AAA (LR03) batteries as a main power source and one CR2032 lithium battery for memory backup. If the low battery sym- bol appears on the display of the HP 50g calculator, replace the batteries as soon as possible. However, to avoid loss of data, remove the backup battery and main batteries at the same time.
  • Page 40: Getting Started

  • Page 41 Table 1-3 Customer Care Information Country Hotline Phone Country Hotline Phone Country Hotline Phone Country Hotline Phone Algeria Anguila 1-800-71 1-2884 Antigua 1-800-71 1-2884 Argentina 0-800-555-5000 support Aruba 800-8000 ; 800-71 1- Australia 1300-551-664 Austria 01 360 277 1203 Bahamas 1-800-71 1-2884 2884...
  • Page 42 Table 1-3 Customer Care Information Country Hotline Phone Country Hotline Phone Country Hotline Phone Country Hotline Phone Haiti 183 ; 800-71 1-2884 Honduras 800-0- 1 23 ; 800-71 1- Hong Kong 800-93301 1 Hungary 2884 support India 1-800- 1 14772 Indonesia (21)350-3408 Ireland...
  • Page 43: Product Regulatory & Environment Information

    • Consult the dealer or an experienced radio or television technician for help. Modifications The FCC requires the user to be notified that any changes or modifications made to this device that are not expressly approved by Hewlett-Packard Company may void the user's authority to operate the equipment.
  • Page 44 • Low Voltage Directive 2006/95/EC • EMC Directive 2004/108/EC Compliance with these directives implies conformity to applicable harmonized European standards (European Norms) which are listed on the EU Declaration of Conformity issued by Hewlett-Packard for this product or product family. Getting Started...
  • Page 45 (e.g. Bluetooth). body number (used only if applicable- refer to the product label). Hewlett-Packard GmbH, HQ-TRE, Herrenberger Strasse 140, 71034 Boeblingen, Germany The official EU CE declaration of conformity for this device may be found at Japanese Notice Korean Class Notice (Applicable only for products with connectivity to PC/laptop).
  • Page 46 Disposal of Waste Equipment by Users in Private Household in the European Union This symbol on the product or on its packaging indicates that this product must not be disposed of with your other household waste. Instead, it is your responsibility to dispose of your waste equipment by handing it over to a designated collection point for the recycling of waste electrical and electronic equipment.

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