HP Prime too complicated

07112018, 01:39 PM
Post: #1




HP Prime too complicated
Hello,
IMO the HP Prime is a mighty but much too complicated tool. It is marketed as a pupil's (or student's) device, who are to learn mathematics or physics. But in the time they need to learn how to use such a calculator including CAS, graphics, programming, they better learn mathematics itself. My daughter (13 years old, she likes mathematics) didn't even look at her calculator's manual, she simply isn't interested. Personally I'm glad her school recommends the Casio fx991, a nonCAS, nongraphics & nonprogramming calculator that cost us less then 20 €, and is IMHO more powerful and complicated than is needed. If her class should need one of the advanced possibilities of the Prime (e.g. to draw a function), they can do the same as you would do in real life: They can use software on a PC, notebook, tablet, smart phone, etc. (or even draw by hand, as I did in school). JSBach, PS: I used in school my father's old HP35, and when he got an HP41CV, I got his HP67. The HP67 was nicer than the HP35, but the HP35 surely was OK: You sometimes had to convert DEG<>RAD by hand, and you had to decide, when a small number should be zero. (My colleagues mostly had TI30). 

« Next Oldest  Next Newest »

User(s) browsing this thread: 1 Guest(s)