Doing algebra on the HP50g
04-02-2014, 09:37 PM
Post: #1
 Peter Murphy Member Posts: 50 Joined: Feb 2014
Doing algebra on the HP50g
Can anyone point me to a thorough discussion of how the 50g can be used in school algebra? The more I look, the more seeming secrets I see: COLLECT, DIV2, LAGRANGE and other commands can be used to do wonderful things, for example.
04-03-2014, 09:47 PM
Post: #2
 peacecalc Member Posts: 187 Joined: Dec 2013
RE: Doing algebra on the HP50g
Hello Peter,

Quote:The more I look, the more seeming secrets I see:...
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Show us in which problems you see secrets, then maybe somebody is able to whistle-blow in using the hp 50g.

Greetings
peacecalc
04-03-2014, 10:00 PM
Post: #3
 Mark Hardman Senior Member Posts: 525 Joined: Dec 2013
RE: Doing algebra on the HP50g
(04-02-2014 09:37 PM)Peter Murphy Wrote:  Can anyone point me to a thorough discussion of how the 50g can be used in school algebra? The more I look, the more seeming secrets I see: COLLECT, DIV2, LAGRANGE and other commands can be used to do wonderful things, for example.

Of interest to you might be:
• Training Aid Introduction
• Using the Equation Writer
• Using the Equation Writer - part 2
• Solving for roots of polynomials and quadratics
• Curve Fitting
• Using the Numeric Solver to solve a formula
• The basics of plotting functions
• Calculations involving plots
• Numeric Differentiation
• Numeric integration
• Symbolic integration of polynomials
• Symbolic integration of trig functions
• Symbolic Differentiation
• Solving for zeroes of a function

Mark Hardman

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04-04-2014, 06:54 PM
Post: #4
 Peter Murphy Member Posts: 50 Joined: Feb 2014
RE: Doing algebra on the HP50g
What I'm looking for is materials from people who have used the 50g in teaching school algebra. I'd want to see many worked examples, as in the HP50g YouTube videos by L. Linares.

I would presume that in addition to applications to straightforward algebraic tasks, there would be examples in which the 50g is used to solve problems more difficult (or just more tedious) than one would routinely see in a school setting.

An example that taught me a lot (and took me a long time) was finding a formula for the sum 1^3 + 2^3 + . . . + n^3. For n = 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 the sums are 1, 9, 35, 100, 225. Applying the LAGRANGE command to those values yields the formula (x^4 + 2x^3 + x^2)/4; applying COLLECT to the numerator makes the formula [x^2(x+1)^2]/4, which is the form in which one usually sees it. (It's not a "secret" that LAGRANGE can do this, but seeing it done made the command's power explicit. And it took me a long time to discover that COLLECT often factors things better than FACTOR does.)
04-04-2014, 07:22 PM
Post: #5
 Thomas Klemm Senior Member Posts: 1,852 Joined: Dec 2013
RE: Doing algebra on the HP50g
(04-04-2014 06:54 PM)Peter Murphy Wrote:  An example that taught me a lot (and took me a long time) was finding a formula for the sum 1^3 + 2^3 + . . . + n^3. For n = 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 the sums are 1, 9, 35, 100, 225.

That should be: 1, 9, 36, 100, 225.

Cheers
Thomas
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