|[HP-35s] Calculator newsletter|
Message #2 Posted by Karl Schneider on 9 May 2008, 4:07 a.m.,
in response to message #1 by DaveJ
Thanks for the link!
The HP-35s is highlighted in the third (latest) issue of the HP Solve newsletter, at
Two small things caught my eye right away: The headline read, "Feature [sic]Calculator of the Month", instead of "Featured". Then, the HP-35s was listed cutely as "Born: July, 12th 2007", also with the comma in the wrong place.
This got my goat, though: Following this verbiage:
NCEES and many colleges and universities around the world recommend HP Scientific Calculators to their students as the learning tool of
choice for accurate and reliable results.
Get professional performance from HP's ultimate RPN scientific programmable calculator—ideal for engineers, surveyors, college students, scientists and medical professionals. It is certainly the first choice of for science and engineering students, educators, and professionals.
was a list of "Fun facts" including this one:
To encourage exploration of the calculator by the user, the HP 35s does not give you a command to split a complex number into its real and imaginary parts. It leaves this as an exercise for the user, to be programmed using the SIN and COS functions."
Crikey! Is that for real? Or was that just a marketing spin on the issue? ("Why, that's not a bug or oversight; that's a feature.)"
I'll tell ya, NCEES testees and professionals don't need exercises and exploratory adventures; they need good answers quickly.
I've already provided my feedback in writing on this and other issues, and I hope to help bring about some improvements.
Edited: 9 May 2008, 11:36 a.m.