|Re: HP 42S'es on EBay?|
Message #8 Posted by CME750 on 28 Sept 2003, 1:28 a.m.,
in response to message #5 by Valentin Albillo
The NCEES rules do not explicitly address the HP42S: it has neither been banned nor approved. As I understand it, the 42S has some text handling capabilities, but they are primitive compared to those of banned graphing calculators. Thus, there should not be same level of concern regarding exam security. Furthermore, the 42S has no alpha characters on the keyboard, and is unlikely to be perceived as a potential problem by exam proctors. In the absence of an explicit ban, you can assume that some people will be using the 42S on NCEES exams.
The 15C is a fine calculator, and it may be the best choice for electrical engineers. But only about 10% of professional engineering candidates take the electrical exam. The vast majority (around 75-80%) take the civil exam (in California anyway). For civil candidates, the greater programmability of the 42S is more valuable than the higher math functions offered by the 15C.
Land surveyors are also affected by the NCEES rules, and they are another solid market for the 42S. The 42S was widely used by surveyors before the introduction of the 48GX, and a lot of surveying programs were written for it. Since the 48 has been banned on the surveying exams, the old 42S may be the best available alternative.