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HP Prime Graphing Calculator
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  • Page 1 HP Prime Graphing Calculator Quick Start Guide...
  • Page 2 Product notice The keyboard legend table and photo on the following page illustrate a few of the many features available on the HP Prime Graphing Calculator. These features, as well as other features of the calculator, are discussed in this quick start guide.
  • Page 3: Quick Start Guide

    Keyboard legend Number Feature LCD and touch screen: 320 × 240 pixels Context-sensitive touch-button menu HP Apps keys Home view and Home preference settings Common math and science functions Alpha and Shift keys On, Cancel, and Off key List, matrix, program, and note catalogs...
  • Page 4 Quick Start Guide...
  • Page 5: Table Of Contents

    Getting Started 9 Charging the battery 9 Installing the software 10 Turning the calculator on and off 10 Resetting the HP Prime calculator 10 Home view 10 Navigation 11 Touch gestures 11 Home Settings 12 Entering and editing expressions 13...
  • Page 6 Symbolic Setup view: S@ 20 Graphing methods 21 Plot view: P 21 Plot Setup view: SP 21 Numeric view: N 21 Numeric Setup view: SN 21 Primary apps 22 Function, Advanced Graphing, Parametric, Polar, and Sequence apps 22 Advanced Graphing app 25 Parametric app 26 Polar app 27 Sequence app 28...
  • Page 7 Triangle Solver app 42 Example 42 Solution 43 Explorer apps 43 Linear Explorer and Quadratic Explorer apps 43 Trig Explorer app 45 Creating customized apps 46 Toolbox menus 46 Math menu 46 Menu format 47 CAS menu 47 App menu 47 User menu 48 Catalog Menu (Catlg) 48 Catalogs and Editors 48...
  • Page 8 Quick Start Guide...
  • Page 9: Getting Started

    Charge the battery fully before using the calculator for the first time. To charge the battery, do one of the following: • Connect the calculator to a computer using the USB cable that came in the package with your HP Prime. (For charging to occur, the PC must be on.)
  • Page 10: Installing The Software

    - To reduce potential safety risks, only use the battery provided with the calculator, a replacement battery provided by HP, or a compatible battery recommended by HP. There is a risk of explosion if the battery is replaced with one of an incompatible type.
  • Page 11: Navigation

    Navigation The HP Prime calculator offers two modes of navigation: touch screen and keyboard. In many cases, you can tap an icon, field, menu, or object to select (or deselect) it. For example, you can open the Function app in the Application Library by tapping its icon once.
  • Page 12: Home Settings

    For more information, see the HP Prime Graphing Calculator User Guide. If your HP Prime calculator supports wireless connectivity, you will see a fourth page of home settings. On this page, a drop-down box enables you to select an HP Wireless Classroom Network. A connection to an HP Wireless Classroom Network requires the HP Wireless Kit (purchased separately).
  • Page 13: Entering And Editing Expressions

    • Tap the date/time to open a monthly calendar. You can navigate between months to find specific dates. • If your HP Prime calculator supports wireless connectivity, tap the wireless icon to connect to the nearest HP Wireless Classroom Network or to disconnect from the current HP Wireless Classroom Network.
  • Page 14: Entering Text

    Entering text The common alphabetic characters (a–z and A–Z) can be entered from the keyboard. To enter an uppercase alphabetic character, first press A and then the key that has that character printed on it in orange. Thus to print F, enter Af. To enter a lowercase character, first press AS and then the key that has that character printed on it in orange.
  • Page 15: Copy And Paste

    The HP Prime calculator keeps a list of all the variables you create. You can see this list by pressing a, tapping and selecting User Variables. A list of user-defined variables appears. To use a listed variable in a current calculation, select it from the list.
  • Page 16: Menu Items

    When a help page is displayed, you can tap to display a hierarchial tree display of the entire help system. Tap an entry and then tap to view the page. Tap + to expand any entry to view its subentries. Tap and then press any key (or any shifted key combination) to display the help for that key.
  • Page 17: Computer Algebra System (cas)

    On the other hand, non-CAS calculations, such as those performed in Home view or by an app, are numerical calculations and –12 often approximations limited by the precision of the calculator (to 10 in the case of the HP Prime calculator). For example, yields the approximate answer .619047619047 in Home view (with Standard numerical format), but in the CAS.
  • Page 18: Cas Menu

    HP apps Many of the functions of the HP Prime calculator are provided in packages called HP apps. The HP Prime calculator comes with 18 HP apps: 12 dedicated to mathematical topics or tasks, three specialized Solvers, and three function Explorers. You launch an app by first pressing ! (which displays the Application Library screen) and tapping the icon of the app you want.
  • Page 19: Data Persistence

    Inference Compute and explore hypothesis tests and confidence intervals Datastreamer Collect real-world data using sensors and the HP StreamSmart 410 Solve Solve an equation for one of its variables or solve a system of linear or non-linear equations Parametric...
  • Page 20: Data Sharing

    Data sharing Using the supplied USB cable, you can send an app from one HP Prime calculator to another. It can be a built-in app or one you’ve customized. In fact, you can share with other HP Prime users many of the objects you create using your HP Prime calculator, such as programs, notes, lists, and matrices.
  • Page 21: Graphing Methods

    Statistics, Spreadsheet, and Geometry apps. Graphing methods The HP Prime calculator gives you the option of choosing one of three graphing methods. These methods determine the fineness of the plot: • Adaptive—This gives very accurate results and is used by default.
  • Page 22: Primary Apps

    The following figures illustrate the visual differences between these methods for the function f(x)=9*sin(e Fixed-step segments Fixed-step dots Adaptive Primary apps This chapter briefly describes each primary app, summarizing its major views and the functionality available in each view. These apps—and the Solver and Explorer apps—are described in detail in the user guide. All the primary variables entered in expressions and open sentences in these apps—X, Y, T, θ, N, and so on—must be entered as uppercase characters.
  • Page 23 • —Accepts the current addition or change • —Displays the selected function in textbook format in full-screen view (with vertical and horizontal scrolling enabled) • : Resolves references when one function is defined in terms of another Plot view Press P to display Plot view and see the graphs of the equations selected in Symbolic view.
  • Page 24 • —Displays the second page of options The second page of the Plot Setup view provides the following options: • Axes—Shows or hides the axes • Labels—Shows or hides the axis labels (that is, the values of X Rng and Y Rng at the end of the axes) •...
  • Page 25: Advanced Graphing App

    Numeric Setup view Press SN to display the Numeric Setup view. This view enables you to configure the appearance of the data displayed in Numeric view. The fields are as follows: • Num Start—The first value of X to show in the independent variable column of the table •...
  • Page 26: Parametric App

    Plot view Press P to display the Plot view and see the graphs of the open sentences selected in Symbolic view. The hyperbola in the first illustration below is S1 in Symbolic view (see above), and the shaded area indicates where the inequality defined in S2 evaluates to TRUE.
  • Page 27: Polar App

    The menu items are the same as in the Symbolic view of the Function app, except that here replaces (and enters a T when tapped). Plot View Press P to display the Plot view and see the graphs of the equations selected in Symbolic view. The functionality here is the same as in the Function Plot view, except that there are no Fcn functions.
  • Page 28: Sequence App

    Sequence app The Sequence app enables you to define sequences. You can then view a stairstep or cobweb plot of a sequence, and explore a table of sequence values. To open the Sequence app, press ! and select Sequence. The app opens in Symbolic view. The information below describes the major differences between the Sequence app and the Function app (see “Function, Advanced Graphing, Parametric, Polar, and Sequence apps”...
  • Page 29: Geometry App

    Geometry app The Geometry app enables you to draw and explore geometric constructions. A geometric construction can be composed of any number of geometric objects, such as points, lines, polygons, curves, tangents, and so on. You can take measurements (such as areas and distances), manipulate objects, and note how measurements change.
  • Page 30 • Plot—Contains symbolic plot options to draw graphs, such as functions, polar plots, slope fields, and so on. • Transform—Contains the geometric transformations, such as translation, rotation, dilation, and so on. For example, to reflect an object, tap , tap Transform, and then select Reflection.
  • Page 31: Spreadsheet App

    (by tapping the row number). You can even select the entire spreadsheet: just tap the unnumbered cell at the top-left corner of the spreadsheet. (It has the HP logo in it.) A block of cells can be selected by pressing down on a cell that will be a corner cell of the selection and, after a second, dragging your finger to the diagonally opposite cell.
  • Page 32: Cell References And Naming

    You can also add a formula once and have it apply to every cell in the spreadsheet. You do this by placing the formula in the cell at the top left (the cell with the HP logo in it).
  • Page 33: Statistics 1var App

    • —Names whatever is selected. This item appears only when you start entering content or after you tap • —Forces what you are about to enter to be evaluated by the CAS. For example, S.23t2 yields 11.5 normally, but if you precede the calculation by tapping , the result displayed is 23/2.
  • Page 34 Numeric view The Numeric view provides a table with up to ten columns for data, named D1 through D9 and D0. The menu items are as follows: • —Activates the entry line, where you can add a value or change the selected value.
  • Page 35: Statistics 2var App

    • —Displays a menu where you can select a plot type: histogram, box and whisker, normal probability, line, bar, or pareto • —Toggles between making an analysis active or inactive • —Opens a list of available columns of data that you can select •...
  • Page 36 • —Specify a data column, or, when a Fitn field is selected, to enter or edit a fit equation. If you enter your own fit equation, the corresponding Typen field automatically changes to User Defined. • —Displays a menu where you can select a type of fit: linear, logarithmic, exponential, and so on; visible only when a Typen field is selected.
  • Page 37: Inference App

    The app recognizes the sensors automatically and sets up data streaming, displaying the incoming data graphically as a stream in real time. See the HP StreamSmart 410 User Guide for complete details.
  • Page 38 First, connect the HP StreamSmart 410 to the HP Prime calculator and then connect between one and four sensors to the HP StreamSmart. Open the DataStreamer app by pressing ! and selecting DataStreamer. The app searches for any sensors that are connected to the calculator and, when it finds them, prompts you to start the data capture by tapping The DataStreamer app starts in Plot view.
  • Page 39: Solve App

    Solve app The Solve app enables you to define up to ten equations, each with as many variables as you like. You can solve a single equation for one of its variables, based on a seed value. You can also solve a system of equations (linear or non-linear), again using seed values.
  • Page 40: Solver Apps

    Solver apps The HP Prime has three Solver apps, each designed to solve problems of a specific type: a Finance app, a Linear Solver app, and a Triangle Solver app. The Finance app solves time-value-of-money (TVM) and amortization problems, the Linear Solver finds solutions to systems of linear equations, and the Triangle Solver finds measures of angles and lengths of sides in problems involving triangles.
  • Page 41: Example 1

    Example 1 You finance the purchase of a house with a 30-year loan at 6.5% annual interest. The cost of the house is $180,000 and you make a down payment of $30,000. Thus a net $150,000 is financed. How much is the required monthly payment? Assume payments start at the end of the first period.
  • Page 42: Linear Solver App

    Linear Solver app The Linear Solver app solves 2×2 and 3×3 systems of linear equations. To open the Linear Solver app, press ! and select Linear Solver.The Linear Solver app has two pages: one for 2×2 systems and the other for 3×3 systems. By default, the 3×3 page is displayed on opening.
  • Page 43: Solution

    Solution 1. If necessary, tap to set the angle measure to degrees. 2. Enter a = 9, b =6, and B = 30. 3. Tap to see the result. The length of the third side is shown as c =11.76… Angles A and C are also calculated. Note that in this case, there is a second solution, indicated by the presence of a new menu item:...
  • Page 44 The left half of the display shows the graph of a quadratic function. The right half shows the general form of the equation being explored (at the top) and, below it, the current equation of that form. Symbols of the keys you can use to manipulate the equation or graph appear below the equation.
  • Page 45: Trig Explorer App

    • —Within each level of equation there are a number of less difficult graphs. Tap this button to cycle through them. A dot on the button ( ) indicates that you are testing yourself on one of the less difficult graphs. •...
  • Page 46: Creating Customized Apps

    Creating customized apps The apps that come with the HP Prime calculator are built in and cannot be deleted. They are always available (simply by pressing !). However, you can create any number of customized instances of an app. You can also create an instance of an app that is based on a previously customized app.
  • Page 47: Menu Format

    1. Press b (and tap if necessary). 2. Select Arithmetic from the main menu, Complex from the sub-menu, and Conjugate from the sub-sub-menu. The appropriate syntax—CONJ()—appears on the entry line ready for you to specify the complex number. 3. Enter 6+4*i between the parentheses and press E. The result is 6–4*i. Menu format By default, a function is presented on a math menu using its descriptive name, not its command name.
  • Page 48: User Menu

    Each of these catalogs has an editor to help you quickly create and modify a list, matrix, program, or note. Like apps, the items you add to a catalog can be sent to another HP Prime calculator using the supplied USB cable (see “Data sharing”...
  • Page 49: List Catalog And Editor

    —Deletes the contents of a selected list. • —If present, sends a highlighted list to another HP Prime calculator. When you select a list, the List Editor opens. This is where you add elements to, or change elements in, a list. When you first open a list, it is blank. To enter an element, start keying it.
  • Page 50 • —If present, sends the selected matrix or vector to another HP Prime calculator. When you select a matrix, the Matrix Editor opens. The menu items in the Matrix Editor are as follows: • —Copies the selected element to the entry line, where it can be edited. This item is visible only when an element in the matrix or vector is selected.
  • Page 51: Program Catalog And Editor

    Program Catalog and Editor The HP Prime has a powerful programming language that can be put to many uses. Programs are created and modified in an editor and stored in a catalog. Press S1 to display the Program Catalog. You can edit, run, and debug a program, and send it to another HP Prime calculator.
  • Page 52: Note Catalog And Editor

    Note Catalog and Editor The HP Prime calculator has a note-recording feature that enables you to build a library of notes. Press S0 to display the Note Catalog. The following menu items appear (some only if at least one note has already been created): •...

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