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Blows away the manual that comes with the calculator
on July 17, 2012
It is not saying much to say that this is MUCH better than the manual for the calculator. That thing is very difficult to navigate and even if you can find the discussion of what you are trying to do, trying to follow the steps is not all that easy. This walks you through how to do all of the main operations. It is great for figuring out how to use derivatives, integrals, matrices and vectors. Because this is capable of algebraic symbology some teachers will not let you use it on exams. It can basically give you the answers to the problems (if you know how to input the information correctly, which this walks you through step-by-step) but will not show the work. So some teachers do not care if you use it on exams because you can only get the points if you show your work.
What I love is that he will walk you through all the buttons to push to input the functions to perform whatever operation you want. Entering integrals and differential equations can be especially tricky, and it is not something you would easily figure out on your own. Even if you cannot use it on your exams you can use it on your homework problems to verify your work, especially if you get assigned a lot of even numbered problems the solutions for which are never in the book.
This personally helped me a lot in Calc 4, because Jason shows a shortcut to entering matrices which because I could use it on exams saved me a lot of time. The differential equation solving capability of the calculator also helped me on my final because I could check my answers quickly and I would have never figured out how to enter differential equations into the calculator on my own. Before I got this I tried doing so and kept getting error messages.
The individual lessons are very short. Usually a max of 15 min or so. A lot of times the lessons are under that. For anyone who has this calculator I highly suggest you get this. It will save you a lot of time and frustration in figuring out how to use it, and will allow you to get the most out of your investment.