# power notation - Hewlett Packard

This is a discussion on power notation - Hewlett Packard ; hey just wondering if theres a way to set my hp50g so that when im calculating numbers with power notation, ( example 3^5 + 5^4) that my calculator provides the answer in the same power notated form?? any one have ...

1. ## power notation

hey just wondering if theres a way to set my hp50g so that when im
calculating numbers with power notation, ( example 3^5 + 5^4) that my
calculator provides the answer in the same power notated form?? any
one have any ideas?? thanks Dan Ripley

2. ## Re: power notation

On Tue, 24 Apr 2007 06:01:04 -0500, Ripley (believe it or not

> just wondering if theres a way to set my hp50g so that when im
> calculating numbers with power notation, (example 3^5 + 5^4)
> that my calculator provides the answer in the same power notated form?

What should '3^5+5^4' look like in that form?

In "Exact" mode,
you can do '3^5+5^4' EVAL FACTOR to get '2^2*7*31'

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3. ## Re: power notation

On 24 Apr., 13:01, rink...@hotmail.com wrote:
> hey just wondering if theres a way to set my hp50g so that when im
> calculating numbers with power notation, ( example 3^5 + 5^4) that my
> calculator provides the answer in the same power notated form?? ...

how should that be possible ?
which power would you like ? ( its ambiguous )

example:

3^5 + 5^4 = 868 ^1 = 29.4618 ^2 = 9.5391 ^3 = 5.4279 ^4 = 3.8699 ^5
= ...

4. ## Re: power notation

Dan Ripley writes:
> hey just wondering if theres a way to set my hp50g so that when im
> calculating numbers with power notation, ( example 3^5 + 5^4) that my
> calculator provides the answer in the same power notated form?? any
> one have any ideas?? thanks Dan Ripley

One easy solution would be to assign FACTOR to a key, and just press
it whenever you wish to see the last result fully factored. I keep
COLLECT assigned to shift-and-hold ACOS; it does the same thing as
FACTOR for integers, and since it's on a shift-and-hold key, it
doesn't interfere with regular use of ACOS.

Hope that helps!

-Joe-

5. ## Re: power notation

how would the calculator know what base to give the answer in?