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HP-42S Features
Features in optional ROMs are listed as Option.
Features in HP mag card or tape Application Pacs are listed as +.
Other software is not included.
Display and Keyboard HP-42S
Display type LCD
Display format 2 Line
FIXed number format Yes
SCIentific number format Yes
ENGineering number format Yes
STanDard / ALL number format Yes
Alpha messages and prompts Yes
Softkeys labeled by mag. card or overlay -
Softkeys labeled by display menus Yes
Softkeys with neither labeling system -
Status annunciators Yes
Redefinable keyboard Yes

Logic HP-42S
Logic system RPN
Stack levels 4
Last x Yes
Undo -
Precedence -
Parentheses -
Storage Addition (STO +) Yes
Storage Arithmetic (STO +, -, ×, ÷) Yes
Storage Exponentiation (STO ^) -
Recall Arithmetic Yes
Named variables Yes*
Multiple data types Yes*
Directories -

Math HP-42S
+, -, ×, ÷ Yes
1/x Yes
sq. root Yes

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COS etc. xy Yes Summation of n. y. x.) Yes # of trig. x2.org/features/42sf. COSH etc.hpmuseum.htm x2 Yes LOG x Yes 10x Yes LN x Yes ex Yes yx Yes pi Yes % Yes % change Yes INTeger truncation and ABSolute value Yes Trigonometric functions (SIN. (SINH. standard deviation (# of variables) 2 Summation of n.) Yes Hyperbolic trig. x2 Yes Summation of n. x. y2. modes (degrees. y Yes Summation of n. grads) 3 Advanced Math HP-42S Solver / root finder Yes Numeric integration Yes Complex numbers Yes Matrix operations Yes Matrix writer - Equation writer - Symbolic operations - Fractions - Plotting and graphics (display) Yes Plotting and graphics (printer / plotter) Option Statistical HP-42S Mean. y.HP-42S Features http://www. estimate Yes Curve fitting Yes Correlation coefficient Yes Normal distribution - Factorial Yes Gamma Yes 2 of 6 13/07/2013 2:52 PM . x2. x. xy Yes* Summation of lists - Random number generator Yes Linear regression. radians. x. x2.

2's.min. unsigned) - Decimal hrs / hrs. 8. ..sec arithmetic Yes Time of day clock - Timer - Dynamic calculations (timer × rate) - Alarms - Unit Conversions HP-42S Centimeters / inches - Millimeters / inches - Meters / feet - Kilograms / pounds (mass) - Newtons / pounds (force) - British thermal units / joules - Liters / gallons - ° Celsius / ° Fahrenheit - Other - User-defined units - Time Value of Money HP-42S Number of payments (n) - Interest rate (i) - Present Value (PV) - Payment (PMT) - Future Value (FV) - Cash Flow Analysis HP-42S Net present value (NPV) - Internal rate of return (IRR) - Amortization HP-42S Accumulated Interest (ACC INT) - 3 of 6 13/07/2013 2:52 PM .) Yes Selectable word size (1-64 bits) - Selectable complement mode (1's.org/features/42sf.min. OR. 10.HP-42S Features http://www. 16) Yes Arithmetic in bases 2. conversions Yes Hrs. 8 and 16 Yes Bit operations (AND..hpmuseum.sec. XOR.htm Combinations and permutations Yes Scientific and Time HP-42S Polar / rectangular conversions Yes Base conversions (2.

htm Balance (BAL) - Depreciation HP-42S Straight line (SL) - Sum of the years digits (SOYD) - Declining balance (DB) - Bonds and calendar functions HP-42S Bond price - Bond yield - Date arithmetic / calendar functions - Memory and Programming HP-42S Programming language(s) RPN 7200 bytes / RAM / Max # of variables or addressable registers 895 registers Max # of program steps 7200* RAM / Max vars or regs with full optional RAM - Max # of prog steps with full optional RAM - Merged program steps Yes Manual register / program memory allocation Yes Automatic register / program memory allocation - Overlapped register and program memory - Continuous memory Yes Flags 100 Conditional tests 12 Subroutine levels 8 Indexed looping (increment by +/.hpmuseum. end at 0) Yes Indexed looping (choice of increment and end) Yes Multiple index / loop registers Yes Line number addressing - Branching by relative line number - Global program label addressing Yes Local program label addressing Yes Indirect / computed addressing and control Yes Multiple indirection registers Yes Pause Yes Alpha messages and prompts in programs Yes Alpha program listings Yes Alpha string manipulation Yes Program step insert / delete Yes 4 of 6 13/07/2013 2:52 PM .HP-42S Features http://www.org/features/42sf.1.

Manual presented basic Time Value of Money formula as an example of using the Solver.hpmuseum.85" Width 3. and y ln x Data types were real. HP-42S notes: Named variables AND numbered registers. but only single numbers could be stored in numeric registers and you had to convert all registers to complex to store a complex number in any register. (ln y)^2. the calculator also summed: ln x. x2. Besides n. Features in HP mag card or tape Application Pacs are listed as +.htm I/O and Expansion Features HP-42S ROM modules - RAM modules or expansion option - General expansion slots / connector - Magnetic card reader/writer - Tape drive - Disk drive - Upgradeable firmware - Optical wand - Serial port - Infrared input - Infrared output Yes Printer Option Networking - Other - General HP-42S Sounds Yes Self test Yes Hard case (in addition to soft case) - Additional Features - Batteries 3 SR 44 Length (inches) 5.HP-42S Features http://www. y. (ln x)^2. complex. x ln y. ln y. Unlim means limited only by available memory. string and alpha. ln x × ln y. Other software is not included. y2.6" Weight (oz or lbs) 5 oz Year of introduction 1988 Features in optional ROMs are listed as Option. x.15" Height 0. 5 of 6 13/07/2013 2:52 PM . Any type could be stored in the stack or in a variable. xy.org/features/42sf.

htm Maximum number of program lines assumes no registers and only single byte instructions. you can start some specific self tests after pressing LOG+ON/EXIT by pressing SUM+: Speed 1/x: Beep square root: DISP LOG :ROM LN: DRAM XEQ: URAM RCL: ESD (electro-static discharge test?) STO: KBD Roll down: Displays the OK message A continuous test (minus the keyboard test) can be started by holding 1/x and pressing ON/EXIT.hpmuseum. you will see a FAIL message. Pressing + will show OK-42S-E. Then you must press each key from the upper left from left to right and then down until you see KBD OK. Instead of stepping through the general tests. press and hold the square root key and then press the ON/EXIT key. If there is a problem. press and hold the LOG key and press the ON/EXIT key. at any point. with the calculator on.HP-42S Features http://www.org/features/42sf. Exit this test in the same way as the individual test. To exit the test. Pressing the + key will step through a series of tests (including printing a copyright) until you see KBD. To start the self test. Go to the feature comparison page Go back to the main exhibit hall 6 of 6 13/07/2013 2:52 PM .