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Some interesting links for HP Prime

Information for HP Prime

I have found a post in HPmuseum where a lot of links to information and tutorials to the HP Prime is posted. I enclose here several of them.

0) Official HP Prime Graphing Calculator User guides. In English:

1) Excellent beginners math tutorial for the Prime. In French:
And pls check page 128 - it even covers the DataStreamer usage on a number of experiments, like reading pH!

2) This one is an overview of the HP Prime "advanced graphing calculator":

3) The Maths Zone - Exploring Maths at Advanced Level:

4) HP Prime workshop materials 1.3:

5) The Maths Activities Pack:

6) Eddie's Math and Calculator Blog series
6.1) HP Prime Programming Tutorial #1: LOCAL, RETURN:
6.2) HP Prime Programming Tutorial #2: MSGBOX, IF-THEN-ELSE, PRINT, FOR
6.3) HP Prime Programming Tutorial #3: WHILE, INPUT, KILL, REPEAT, GETKEY
6.4) HP Prime Programming Tutorial #4: CHOOSE and CASE, Tip about INPUT
6.5) HP Prime Programming Tutorial #5: STARTAPP, STARTVIEW, RGB
6.6.1) HP Prime Programming Tutorial #6: Subroutines
6.6.2) HP Prime Programming Tutorial #6: TEXTOUT
6.7) HP Prime Programming Tutorial #7: ARC, LINE, and Placement of Graphics
6.8) HP Prime: CAS Commands in Home Mode
6.9) HP Prime: Drawing Pixelated Pictures (DRAWICON4, DRAWICON6)
6.10) HP Prime Tip: RPN and Created Programs
6.11) Program: Operations with Large Numbers (HP Prime)
6.12) HP Prime Program: Sampling Without Replacement
6.13) HP Prime Tip: Changing the Color of a Function
6.14) HP Prime Tip: Setting Up User Keys

7) Han's How To Guides:
7.1) HP Prime Programming: An Introduction
7.2) HP Prime Programming: Variable types and their priorities
7.3) HP Prime Programming: Newton's Method
7.4) Example: creating icon menus
7.5) Scrolling examples
7.6) QPI: convert decimal to p/q, ln(p/q), p/q*pi, e^(p/q), or sqrt(p/q)

8) Joe Horn's How To Guides:
8.1) PDQ Algorithm: Infinite precision best fraction within tolerance
8.2) How to Avoid Streaks in photos on your HP Prime
8.3) "hex": exact internal form of reals in CAS

9) Carl's HP Prime Calculator Learning modules, by CR Haeger:
9.1) CAS solve()
9.2) Define User Function, Function App
9.3) Spreadsheet App, CAS Calculus
9.4) Statistics 2Var App: Manual and MAKE Data
9.5) Statistics 2Var App: MAKELIST, L1 and Spreadsheets

10) CAS (XCAS) Programming Reference Materials
10.1) Symbolic algebra and Mathematics with Xcas (Renée De Graeve, Bernard Parisse)
10.2) Calcul Formel avec la calculatrice HP Prime (Renée De Graeve)
10.3) An introduction to the Xcas interface

Special mention has to be made to Eddie B. Shore blog. Eddie is a maths professor, but he has a gift to explain different aspects of various calculators in its blog. He got an HP Prime and started working with it. I have linked a page to his blog here.

There are other interesting series - namely the ones written by Han and Joe Horn, and the interesting CAS series written by old HP calculate acquaintance Bernard Parisse and others.

It is clear that a completely new calculator will only succeed if there is enough information for kids to ease their learning. Let’s forget about us technical users - we have other tools for ourselves. Now calculators are a thing of students and of professors - and those only because of the former. And there is a huge installed base of Texas Instruments calculator families.

And the fight is not about RPN. We need to accept that RPN has lost in the marketplace, although not in our minds. We just can appreciate that a calculator comes with it, but it is only for heritage users - youngsters can’t give a damn provided they have an algebraic entry mode where they can enter the whole formula. (Some of us would argue that this does not mean that they understand the formula they have entered - while if they have to “translate” it to RPN, this forces them to analyze it, and sometimes find the traps and irregularities that it can imply (like division by zero and other kinds of discontinuities). As for me, there are many times when I am working out a problem as I think, taking consequences as I progress, and RPN is best suited to this way of reasoning. But I digress. for all practical purposes, RPN is not anymore a sales argument except for the mature technical person like us. It is the school market that will make succeed or fail a calculator. And enough support information is required for it to succeed. These writers are showing us the way!

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