|Global Thanks & Alg/RPN/RPL Summation|
Message #1 Posted by Glen Kilpatrick on 27 Dec 2002, 11:19 a.m.
My Global Thanks to all for the clarification on Chebyshev polynomials. I understand that while they do converge faster than more traditional, more familiar polynomials, they aren't suited to calculators (my grad school's professorial speculations were then so much hot air :), and that CORDIC / Comer functions that give you one digit of significance per iteration are the way that was gone.
However, my other point in this Global Thanks is to recognize what I infer as a widespread Forum opinion, that we'd all be perfectly happy with an Algebraic, so long as it did RPN and/or RPL as well, that we don't require a "pure RPN" from HP, and we understand that a mixed ~OS would have much more widespread appeal (to the Great Unwashed with no knowledge of Reverse Polish _yet_ :).
And further, those of us who objected to the 49G (not all, mind you, but I'm one in the objecting camp) did so not because it was Alg/RPL, but because of what we perceived as issues of quality (the easy-scratch screen, the poor feel of the keys, the misplaced ENTER, _etc._). And while I didn't have a problem with galloping featuritis (there are many areas on my 48 that I just ignore, editing an equation is a glaring example), I recognize that many did, the 49G just wasn't a particularly easy calculator.