# Looking for a good HP49G tutorial/class

• Trakar
In summary, the conversation is about a person trying to help a friend learn how to use an HP 49G calculator. The person providing help is not familiar with HP calculators but recommends using the website hpcalc.org for tutorials and resources. They also mention that the HP 49G is similar to the TI-89 and might be overkill for pre-calc. The conversation also touches on the learning curve of the HP calculator and the availability of online resources. The person asking for help also mentions their previous experience with calculators and their plans to seek out a private tutor.
Trakar
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Trying to help a friend learn his way around an HP 49G calculaot, I've never used HP calculators and this one is interestingly different than many of the other graphing calculators I am more familiar with, any tips, hints and directions would be appreciated!

Friend is taking pre-calc next semester and trying to learn the calculator before the class.

Sankaku said:
Anything for the HP 50g will work for the 49g as well.

This isn't really a tutorial site, but it worth having in your bookmarks:
http://www.hpcalc.org/

The 49g should be total overkill for precalc. It is essentially equivalent to the TI-89.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HP-49_series
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ti-89

Learning RPN can take a little getting used to, but I love my 50g :-)

Yeah, I took these classes back in the mid sixties, calculators were people, not handheld electronics! I'm fairly familiar with the TI family of graphing calculators, but it took me an hour with the owner/operations manual just to figure out how to get the HP to convert decimal degrees into HMS.

The HP looks interesting, my friend picked it up from a relative and was trying to learn how to use it. I traded him a TI-84 for it as there are lots of books and online classes available for teaching how to use it, he's happy, but now I'm trying to muddle my way through the owner's manual. I've found a couple of HP tutorials on their website, but they are far from comprehensive. I'd really like to find a full-fledged class on the use and operations of the calculator, but I guess I'm going to have to advertise around for a private tutor or something.

Thanks for responding, if you think of anything else please don't hesitate to add-in.

The old joke is often used with the HP: "It makes easy things hard and hard things easy."

It is really a hand-held computer. Learning the conventions HP uses can be a little daunting, but once you are conversant with the machine, it is amazingly versatile. I found that just referencing the pdf manual was enough to get started.

Did you look at the site I linked to? There are lots of things there...
http://www.hpcalc.org/hp49/docs/faq/
http://www.hpcalc.org/hp49/docs/misc/

Sankaku said:
The old joke is often used with the HP: "It makes easy things hard and hard things easy."

It is really a hand-held computer. Learning the conventions HP uses can be a little daunting, but once you are conversant with the machine, it is amazingly versatile. I found that just referencing the pdf manual was enough to get started.

Did you look at the site I linked to? There are lots of things there...
http://www.hpcalc.org/hp49/docs/faq/
http://www.hpcalc.org/hp49/docs/misc/

Last to first,

Yes, first place I went to was HP, and they provided quite a lot of material for download, including some helpful upgrade programs
(though I'm not anywhere near comfortable enough with the system yet to try and install any upgrades or additional apps - I'm still just trying to figure out all the normal basic scientific calculator functions!)
the link you gave had mostly duplicates of that information, but every little bit helps!
I've also downloaded tip sheets from several places. If you happen to run across any thing else please drop it by here, and if you don't mind, I may put up a few questions as I run into issues beyond my ability to resolve on my own!

Thanks again! another toy to play with!

## What is the best way to learn how to use the HP49G calculator?

The best way to learn how to use the HP49G calculator is to find a comprehensive tutorial or class. This will provide you with a structured and organized approach to learning all the features and functions of the calculator.

## How can I find a good tutorial or class for the HP49G calculator?

You can find a good tutorial or class for the HP49G calculator by searching online or asking for recommendations from other users. You can also check with local community colleges or universities to see if they offer any classes on using the HP49G.

## What are the most important features to learn on the HP49G calculator?

The most important features to learn on the HP49G calculator include basic arithmetic operations, using the memory functions, graphing functions, and solving equations. These features are essential for everyday use of the calculator.

## Can I learn how to use the HP49G calculator on my own?

Yes, it is possible to learn how to use the HP49G calculator on your own. However, it may be more efficient and effective to take a tutorial or class to ensure you are learning all the features and functions correctly.

## How long does it take to become proficient in using the HP49G calculator?

The time it takes to become proficient in using the HP49G calculator varies for each individual. It may depend on how often you use the calculator and how quickly you grasp the concepts. With consistent practice and dedication, you can become proficient in a matter of weeks or months.

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