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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on April 6, 2009
I am a novice to programmable calculators.And I have to say, the book was written a little better than the HP 50g user's manual, and I often get a headaches reading this book.

But I did learn some things from this book --directly and indirectly. Here's what I learned directly from this book: RPN, Number Format, CAS Modes, Equation Writer, and Equation Solver. While I was reading this book I also found some incredible features. Such as factoring expressions like 3x^3+14x^2+17x+6 to (x+1)*(x+3)*(3x+2)and vice versa.
The calculator is impressive, and this book did introduce me to some awesome features.

If the book had more graphical illustrations and more examples, I would give it five stars. Because I was often lost just reading the texts.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on October 29, 2009
This guide does contain a lot of valuable information, but it is very poorly written - not a professional quality document - lengthy, wordy prose, long paragraphs, poorly organized. For some reason, these calculators are plagued with horrible documentation, no matter who writes it. Apparently, the assumption is that if you're smart enough to use them, you should be smart enough to figure them out. This is true - but it's time consuming and not worth it unless you REALLY need the functionality they provide. If you must use one of the advanced HP calculators, this pamplet may be of some help if it doesn't give you a headache - otherwise buy an HP 40GS, which is the best grapher on the market by a long shot and costs half the price of a 50G. 40GS comes with a great manual and is very intuitive to use and program.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on December 7, 2009
I waited to give a review of this book until after I had a chance to really use it. It is GREAT! With the documentation that HP provides in PDF format, you can figure out problems without going to the forums and waiting for help. The hardest problem I had was getting the command syntax right. The HP manuals have some good examples, but, Mr. Barber gives examples that the User's Guide or Advanced Users Guide don't have. The included program even works after you correct a few typos.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
This is an outstanding little summary of tips and tricks not found in HP's documentation. You have to know the difference between a guide and a manual in HP-eze: The HP 50g user's MANUAL is a summary of all functions, and the HP 50g user's GUIDE is a more detailed tutorial on applications. Bing/Google either-- both are available free on HP's site.

This spiral bound guide takes material from both, then expands the examples. To get the most of this booklet, you have to have three things handy:

1. Your actual 50g
2. Both the manual and the guide
3. The "column/row" diagram from chapter one in the HP users MANUAL

(Item 3 is the whole keyboard, and uses excel-like numbering to define each key. For example, the "ON" key is row 10, column 1, so the "coordinates" are (10,1). This will obviate the need for the diagrams other reviewers have mentioned that are not included in this fine little book.

Even if you read both manual and guide, then take the best tutorials on youtube and on DVD (The HP 50g Calculator Tutor (Hewlett Packard)), this book adds many applications you won't find there. Highly Recommended to supplement the above resources.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on May 11, 2010
This is a surprisingly useful little book that fills in some major gaps in the HP documentation. Its principle utility is that the author takes the time to, in general, explain the underlying *logic* of the various components of th HP 49/50g's architecture, something that the HP documentation largely omits. The HP documentation tends to focus on key-by-key instructions; this treatment glosses over that to focus on the underlying concepts.

It is not, however, a replacement for those documents. Many features, particularly in the libraries, are skipped or treated superficially. There is also a presumption that the reader is somewhat computer/software savvy. He spends considerable space on details and idiosyncracies that, while important if you run into them, may charitably be considered obscure for must of us.

-- gary
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on March 13, 2011
Original manual for HP-50 is below any acceptable standards. If you want to use this calculator, you need better source of information, and this is this document. Evidently, written by technical expert.

However: a) this is not commercially published book, b) page layout and typesetting is a bit "amateurish" what makes reading a bit hard
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on December 4, 2013
So far at a quick glance through it looks to be fairly informative. Doesn't quite make up for the 49g and above lack of useful printed manuals/reference however... my 48 manual/ref book are long gone lost somewhere or other...

Next best thing I guess would to have the PDF HP manuals printed and bound somewhere, but these user written references I've usually(and especially with hp calcs) have found to have at the VERY least one golden piece of info that makes the entire work worth more than it's weight in gold, and most hp calc refs are usually chock full of these tidbits...

I haven't this one's nugget(s) yet, but I've only had time for a quick glance so far, and ATM I'm really more looking at the Prime and Classpad II(fx-cp400) as both are brand new to me, while I'm a very experience old-fashioned HP graphic calc user from the 28S and up...

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My only con that I can really think of so far(can't give it 5 stars without thoroughly investigating it, so it's at 4 for now) is that it's a letter size spiral bound book rather than the smaller sized that HP USED to print/ship with the calcs(close to trade paperback size, and I've no idea what size publisher's call that nor what the larger size that we got is really called either).
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on March 21, 2015
HP Calc users might find this useful. It has plenty of information from the manuals written differently but also has some extra info that you might have to search for otherwise.
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on February 20, 2014
Well written & helps greatly to learn the HP 50G as long as you are patient & willing to practice with this most competent and complex "handheld mathematical computer."
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on September 18, 2014
A step by step and very usefull complement of the HP pdf manuals
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