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Re: CALCULATOR FOR SCHOOL [#permalink] New post 29 Jun 2008, 08:03
kk.iyer wrote:
So I am choosing between the 12c Platinum AE ($71 on amazon) and TI BA II plus pro ($37 on amazon)...

What I am confused about are the meanings of the different entry modes...
Algebraic Vs RPN Vs Chain Vs normal

I've never used RPN before and am an accounting newbie...

What would be the easiest to get used to? I know RPN is very efficient...however, it is more important for me to get to the right answer rather than getting to "an" answer using a mode I am not comfortable with. I am just worried that I may not adapt to the calculator in time for shool.

Any opinions????


I'm sure they are both fine. As for Alg vs RPN ... ... basically ALG is what you are used to. To do 1+2 x 3+4 on the most basic of calculators. You'd just literally put in 1+2 x 3+4, and the calculator knows how to handle it (I'm talking now about a decent calculator like a ti-85).

RPN is more confusing - to do 1+2 x 3+4 you'd have to enter 1 2 3 x 4 +

The bottom line is that if you are not used to RPN you wont want to learn it... and you really don't need to. You should know that the plantium anniversary edition of the 12c supports BOTH ALG and RPN, so you don't have to learn RPN. But...only the platinum edition, so make sure you get the right one if you get it.

But here's the difference between the 12c and the BA II 2+ whatever hte heck

Lameboy calculator:
You: "Hi, My name is Big Boy. Man this homework is so easy."
Girl: "Gosh, I'm so confused. Last night I stayed up till 3am trying to figure out this stuff about bonds."
You: "Really? I could teach you how to do it."
Girl: "Really? I would do anything, and I mean anything, to learn this material."
You: "Well, you see I'm gonna be a banker, and so I know this stuff."
Girl: "Really? You think you'll go to Goldman Sachs? I've always wanted to do it with a Goldmanite"
You: "Absolutely. Look here I'll show you how to do the first one and then we can go to my place ok?"
Girl: "I can't wait."
You: "Ok so this is the HP BA II + ... "
Girl: "Oh, hey Bob, listen..."
You: "My name's Alex."
Girl: "Yea whatever. Look I gotta go."

12c:
You: "Hi. My name is Alex."
Girl: "Whats that in your hand?"
You: "This is a 12c."
Girl: "I'm so hot for you. Will you please do unholy things to me?"
You: "Get lost you tramp. I'm trying to be a banker here. Stop distracting me."

You pick.
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Re: CALCULATOR FOR SCHOOL [#permalink] New post 29 Jun 2008, 10:00
rhyme wrote:
kk.iyer wrote:
So I am choosing between the 12c Platinum AE ($71 on amazon) and TI BA II plus pro ($37 on amazon)...

What I am confused about are the meanings of the different entry modes...
Algebraic Vs RPN Vs Chain Vs normal

I've never used RPN before and am an accounting newbie...

What would be the easiest to get used to? I know RPN is very efficient...however, it is more important for me to get to the right answer rather than getting to "an" answer using a mode I am not comfortable with. I am just worried that I may not adapt to the calculator in time for shool.

Any opinions????


I'm sure they are both fine. As for Alg vs RPN ... ... basically ALG is what you are used to. To do 1+2 x 3+4 on the most basic of calculators. You'd just literally put in 1+2 x 3+4, and the calculator knows how to handle it (I'm talking now about a decent calculator like a ti-85).

RPN is more confusing - to do 1+2 x 3+4 you'd have to enter 1 2 3 x 4 +

The bottom line is that if you are not used to RPN you wont want to learn it... and you really don't need to. You should know that the plantium anniversary edition of the 12c supports BOTH ALG and RPN, so you don't have to learn RPN. But...only the platinum edition, so make sure you get the right one if you get it.

But here's the difference between the 12c and the BA II 2+ whatever hte heck

Lameboy calculator:
You: "Hi, My name is Big Boy. Man this homework is so easy."
Girl: "Gosh, I'm so confused. Last night I stayed up till 3am trying to figure out this stuff about bonds."
You: "Really? I could teach you how to do it."
Girl: "Really? I would do anything, and I mean anything, to learn this material."
You: "Well, you see I'm gonna be a banker, and so I know this stuff."
Girl: "Really? You think you'll go to Goldman Sachs? I've always wanted to do it with a Goldmanite"
You: "Absolutely. Look here I'll show you how to do the first one and then we can go to my place ok?"
Girl: "I can't wait."
You: "Ok so this is the HP BA II + ... "
Girl: "Oh, hey Bob, listen..."
You: "My name's Alex."
Girl: "Yea whatever. Look I gotta go."

12c:
You: "Hi. My name is Alex."
Girl: "Whats that in your hand?"
You: "This is a 12c."
Girl: "I'm so hot for you. Will you please do unholy things to me?"
You: "Get lost you tramp. I'm trying to be a banker here. Stop distracting me."

You pick.

so neither of them gets laid, looks like a tossup to me?
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Re: CALCULATOR FOR SCHOOL [#permalink] New post 29 Jun 2008, 14:22
Well, bankers just work, they don't have fun.
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Re: CALCULATOR FOR SCHOOL [#permalink] New post 29 Jun 2008, 19:09
After using the 12c for a few days, I hated it. It seemed so archaic to me--which is probably why they just came out with a 25th anniversary edition. I went back to Office Depot, and upgraded to the 17bII+, and I love it. It is much more user-friendly, and it is more modern finanial calculator compared to the 12c. According to Columbia's Peer Advisors, if you are going the finance route, you will want a high powered financial calculator, and I now must say that I highly recommend the 17bii+.
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Re: CALCULATOR FOR SCHOOL [#permalink] New post 03 Jul 2008, 04:02
Correction, Rhyme!

"12c:
You: "Hi. My name is Alex."
Girl: "Whats that in your leather pouch?"
You: "This is a 12c."
Girl: "I'm so hot for you. Will you please do unholy things to me?"
You: "Get lost you tramp. I'm trying to be a banker here. Stop distracting me."

I mean, if the girl is trying to figure out stuff about bonds, she'd recognize a 12c when she saw it, eh?
Re: CALCULATOR FOR SCHOOL   [#permalink] 03 Jul 2008, 04:02
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