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If you have experience with HP Calculators, this may be the way to go. If not....????
on November 1, 2014
I own the HP50g. It comes a with a copy of the User's Manual and a CD containing connectivity software and a User' Guide.
I find the User's Manual to be much better for learning one's way around the HP50g than "The HP50g Calculator Tutor.
The tutorial doesn't provide a means of doing relevant in the moment practical exercises. Rather one is given what amounts to the calculator's capabilities.
The User's Manual provides screenshots of instructions that the reader can enter and experiment with. This is very important because the reader is forced to participate in learning how to navigate the calculator. This is not what is experienced by watching and replaying the tutorial CD. I must admit that I am from "the learn by doing" rather than "the learn by watching" school of thought.
If you already have some knowledge and/or proficiency with HP calculators other than the HP50g, this tutorial may allow you to apply that experience effectively to the HP50g. If you don't have experience with HP calculators, I suggest that you start with the included User's Manual and refer to the comprehensive User's Guide for additional details.
The HP 50g Calculator Tutor may be useful to gain information about the utility of the calculator; the tutorial contains 31 sections on two disk. On the other hand the User's Manual contains 19 Chapters that cover specific topics and examples that the reader can actually key in and practice navigating the HP50g. The Chapter names in the User's Manual identify the skill to be gained, for example, Chapter 14: Differential Equations.
If you have experience with the HP50g but haven't used it in awhile, The HP50g Calculator Tutor may be useful as a quick review of a specific topic without realtime participation.