|Re: 48G+ versus 32SII|
Message #4 Posted by Tom Sherman on 11 Oct 2002, 7:32 p.m.,
in response to message #3 by J. Osugi (European Union)
How about a TI-83 Plus?
When the stones stop falling ... let me say this:
My first calculator was an HP-25 back in the mid-1970's, and I have owned, used, and loved 21 HP models altogether, including the 48SX, 48GX, and 32SII. But that is because I am nutty, like perhaps a few others on this forum ...?
Don't just figure the dollars spent on a new calculator. Consider your time as well. If you get an HP-48, you may have to give up your engineering studies in order to understand your calculator. But if you like messing with calculators as entertainment, as some of us do, then the HP-48 is a great investment. It comes with a mediocre manual, so that you will have the fun of figuring things out for yourself.
HP used to write beautiful manuals. The one that came with my HP-25 was brilliant. But they gave up years ago trying to educate anyone in the use of their products.
TI, on the other hand, has grabbed the educational market by paying attention to educational needs and principles. They have found teachers to help write their manuals, and the results are as fine today as HP's used to be.
The manual that comes with the TI-83 is beautiful (but be careful to get the real manual and not a CD version -- TI also is trying to cut corners). With the manual as a tutor, one can master the TI-83 in a few hours, and probably learn/review some useful math along the way.
I had better stop writing and start running, and just shout over my shoulder that, yes, I still prefer RPN to Algebraic for simple things, but prefer to write science and math programs these days in BASIC (which the TI-83 has). And if I could keep only one of all my HP and now TI calculators, it would be the HP-71.
Remorsefully, and in penitence, Tom