Re: HP48GX Message #3 Posted by bill platt (les Estats Unis d'Amerique) on 13 May 2004, 2:33 p.m., in response to message #2 by V. Taylor
BUT you will spend an inordinate amount of time just trying to learn how to use all those ALG48 and Erable features, instead of putting your time into concentrating on actually learning calculus!
Avoid the trap of believeing you NEED the calculator to do well in maths. Calculators are good for computation and arithemtic (and programmingthat is fun) but math is not computer programming, nor is it arithmetic. Mathematics is most definitely NOT arithmeticit is really logic and philosophyphysics is arithmetic (well, heavy duty arithmentic)!
While these "CAS" (Computer Algebra Systems) are very intereting and also powerful, unless you have already learned them along the way, they are too complicated to apply suddenly to your college learning needswhen you are not accustomed to them.
Having taken calculus the old fashioned way in the 80's I cannot speak for the current curriculum, but I bet you don't HAVE to have a calculator?? Perhaps ask the professor"what's with this calculator thing all about?" (Am I just way out of touch here?).
Regards,
Bill
