Sunday, January 17, 2021

TI-Nspire: Templates to Plot Functions, Parametric Equations, and Sequences

 TI-Nspire:  Templates to Plot Functions, Parametric Equations, and Sequences


Introduction


The following are sample templates to plot functions in the form of y=f(x), parametric equations (x(t), y(t)), and one-level deep recurrence relations.


I used a while loop instead of a for loop because I tend to always use for loops, and working with integer objects can be quite difficult for non-Python experts like me.  


The equations will be defined inside the script instead of having the user enter the script.  .   I am using the TI-NSpire CX II software 5.2.0771.  I have programmed this with the TI-Nspire CX CAS software, but it should work on the non-CAS version.  


As far as entering numbers at the input prompt, I have to enter approximations for π (which is approximately 3.1415926535).  


The list.append(value) or list.append(list) adds the elements to the end of the list and the list is automatically saved.  


The graphic commands uses a TI-specific module ti_plotlib.  I have a lot of pleasure working with this module, with commands for clearing the graphic screen, automatically sizing the window, plotting the axes, with or without the numeric numeric endpoints, and set a color with RGB codes (any color you want).  


You can download the file here:  https://drive.google.com/file/d/1k_3lTVK5KK1ACXrVxemSWz_g-l8Nn62A/view?usp=sharing


The text of the scripts are presented below.


Plotting Functions -   TI-Nspire CX II (CAS) Script:  plotfxnspire.py


from math import *

import ti_plotlib as plt


# EWS 2020-12-28


# define function here

def f(x):

  y=1/(x**2+1)

  return y


# main routine

xa=float(input('start? '))

xb=float(input('stop? '))

n=float(input('n? '))

xc=(xb-xa)/n


# build

xp=xa

yp=f(xp)

xlist=[xp]

ylist=[yp]


while xp<xb:

  xp=xp+xc

  yp=f(xp)

  xlist.append(xp)

  ylist.append(yp)


# plot routine

# clear the screen

plt.cls()

# automatically fits the screen to fit the data

plt.auto_window(xlist,ylist)

# display the axes

# "on" plots axes and endpoints

# "axes" just plots the axes

plt.axes("on")


# select color - use RGB style

# denim blue

plt.color(21,96,189)


# plot the graph

plt.plot(xlist,ylist,".")

plt.show_plot()




Plotting Parametric Equations -   TI-Nspire CX II (CAS) Script:  plotparnspire.py


from math import *

import ti_plotlib as plt


# EWS 2020-12-28


# define parametric here

def x(t):

  x=t*cos(t)/2

  return x

def y(t):

  y=1.2*t**3-1

  return y


# main routine

ta=float(input('start? '))

tb=float(input('stop? '))

n=float(input('n? '))

tc=(tb-ta)/n


# build

tp=ta

xp=x(tp)

yp=y(tp)

xlist=[xp]

ylist=[yp]


while tp<tb:

  tp=tp+tc

  xp=x(tp)

  yp=y(tp)

  xlist.append(xp)

  ylist.append(yp)


# plot routine

# clear the screen

plt.cls()

# automatically fits the screen to fit the data

plt.auto_window(xlist,ylist)

# display the axes

# "on" plots axes and endpoints

# "axes" just plots the axes

plt.axes("on")


# select color - use RGB style

# mid green

plt.color(0,128,0)


# plot the graph

plt.plot(xlist,ylist,".")

plt.show_plot()




Plotting a Recurrence Relation-   TI-Nspire CX II (CAS) Script:  plotseqnspire.py


Use u for u_n-1.  You should also be able to include n without problems.  


from math import *

import ti_plotlib as plt


# EWS 2020-12-28


# define sequence here, u for u(n-1)

def w(u):

  w=cos(u)+1

  return w


# main routine

ui=float(input('initial? '))

n=float(input('n? '))


# build

xlist=[0]

ylist=[ui]

k=0


while k<n:

  k=k+1

  f=w(k)

  xp=k

  yp=f

  xlist.append(xp)

  ylist.append(yp)


# plot routine

# clear the screen

plt.cls()

# automatically fits the screen to fit the data

plt.auto_window(xlist,ylist)

# display the axes

# "on" plots axes and endpoints

# "axes" just plots the axes

plt.axes("on")


# select color - use RGB style

# orange

plt.color(255,127,39)


# plot the graph

plt.plot(xlist,ylist,".")

plt.show_plot()


Eddie


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Saturday, January 16, 2021

Numworks: Templates to Plot Functions, Parametric Equations, and Sequences

 Numworks:  Templates to Plot Functions, Parametric Equations, and Sequences


Introduction


The following are sample templates to plot functions in the form of y=f(x), parametric equations (x(t), y(t)), and one-level deep recurrence relations.


I used a while loop instead of a for loop because I tend to always use for loops, and working with integer objects can be quite difficult for non-Python experts like me.  


The equations will be defined inside the script instead of having the user enter the script.  If anyone knows how to use input to enter functions, please let me know.   I am using Numworks software version 14.4.  


As far as entering numbers at the input prompt, I have to enter approximations for π (which is approximately 3.1415926535).  The plot screen is made to fit the y-minimum and y-maximum values within the window.


The list.append(value) or list.append(list) adds the elements to the end of the list and the list is automatically saved.  


The named colors, which is required in matplolib.pyplot, available are:  'black', 'blue', 'brown', 'green', 'grey', 'orange', 'pink', 'purple', 'red', 'white', and 'yellow'.



Plotting Functions -   Numworks Script:  plotfunction.py


from math import *

from matplotlib.pyplot import *

# EWS 2020-12-26


# define function here

def f(x):

  y=1/(x**2+1)

  return y


# main routine

xa=float(input('start? '))

xb=float(input('stop? '))

n=float(input('n? '))

xc=(xb-xa)/n


# build

xp=xa

yp=f(xp)

xlist=[xp]

ylist=[yp]


while xp<xb:

  xp=xp+xc

  yp=f(xp)

  xlist.append(xp)

  ylist.append(yp)

  

# plot routine


# set axes

ya=min(ylist)

yb=max(ylist)

axis((xa,xb,ya,yb))

axis(True)

grid(True)


# select color, type color

ch="blue"


# plot points

plot(xlist,ylist,color=ch)

show()





Plotting Parametric Equations -   Numworks Script:  plotparametric.py


from math import *

from matplotlib.pyplot import *

# EWS 2020-12-26


# define parametric here

def x(t):

  x=t**2-3*t+1

  return x

def y(t):

  y=abs(2*sin(t))

  return y


# main routine

ta=float(input('start? '))

tb=float(input('stop? '))

n=float(input('n? '))

tc=(tb-ta)/n


# build

tp=ta

xp=x(tp)

yp=y(tp)

xlist=[xp]

ylist=[yp]


while tp<tb:

  tp=tp+tc

  xp=x(tp)

  yp=y(tp)

  xlist.append(xp)

  ylist.append(yp)

  

# plot routine


# set axes

xa=min(xlist)

xb=max(xlist)

ya=min(ylist)

yb=max(ylist)

axis((xa,xb,ya,yb))

axis(True)


# select color, type color

ch="red"


# plot points

plot(xlist,ylist,color=ch)

show()




Plotting a Recurrence Relation-   Numworks Script:  plotsequence.py


Use u for u_n-1.  You should also be able to include n without problems.  


from math import *

from matplotlib.pyplot import *

# EWS 2020-12-26


# define parametric here

# u: u(n-1)

def w(u):

  f=sqrt(3*u+1)

  return f


# main routine

ui=float(input('initial? '))

n=float(input('n? '))


# build

xlist=[0]

ylist=[ui]

k=0


while k<n:

  k=k+1

  f=w(k)

  xp=k

  yp=f

  xlist.append(xp)

  ylist.append(yp)

  

# plot routine


# set axes

ya=min(ylist)

yb=max(ylist)

axis((0,n,ya,yb))

axis(True)


# select color, type color

ch="green"


# plot points

plot(xlist,ylist,color=ch)

show()



On tomorrow's blog, January 17, 2021, I am going to present these scripts for the TI-Nspire CX II.   I used the CX CAS software, but this should work on the CX (non-CAS) calculator and software as well.  

Eddie


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Sunday, January 10, 2021

Casio fx-9750GIII: Trigonometric Integral Graphs, including The Euler Spiral

 Casio fx-9750GIII:  Trigonometric Integral Graphs, including The Euler Spiral


Introduction


The program ESGRAPH plots the parametric equations containing integrals:


x(t) = ∫(cos f(x) dx, x = 0 to t)

y(t) = ∫(sin f(x) dx, x = 0 to t)


The program uses f(x) = a*x^p


When p = 2, the curve is a Euler Spiral (see source).


Casio fx-9750GIII Program: ESGRAPH


' 2020-12-22 EWS

Rad

' L1, X L2, Y

"F = A×X^P"

"FACTOR"?→A

"P=2, EULER SPIRAL"

"POWER"?→P

∫(A×cos(X^P),0,-2π)→X

∫(A×sin(X^P),0,-2π)→Y

{X}→List 1

{Y}→List 2

Menu "π÷R?","8",A,"16",B,"32",C

Lbl A: 8 → R: Goto 0

Lbl B: 16 → R: Goto 0

Lbl C: 32 → R : Goto 0

Lbl 0

For -2π+π÷R→T To 2π Step π÷R

∫(A×cos(X^P),0,-2π)→X

∫(A×sin(X^P),0,-2π)→Y

Augment(List 1, {X})→List 1

Augment(List 2, {Y})→List 2

(T+2π)÷(4π)×100→G

RndFix(G,0)→G

Locate 1,7,"PROGRESS:    %"

Locate 11,7,G

Next

S-Gph1 DrawOn, xyLine, List 1, List 2, 1, Dot

DrawStat


Notes:


*  There are four spaces between PROGRESS: and %.  This progress meter is to inform the user of the program's completion. 


*  The characters % and ', percent sign and apostrophe respectively, are found on the program editing default menu (TOP, BTM, SRC, MENU, A ←→a, CHAR), by pressing [F6] (CHAR), [F2] (SYBL)


*  Everything that follows an apostrophe is a comment and can be left out.


*  The range of -2π to 2π is used. 


*  The lower the precision, the faster the graph is made but accuracy of the graph is sacrificed.  In a lot of cases, patience is required. 


*  P is a positive integer.  


Examples


Example 1:  Euler Spiral:  A = 1/2, P = 2, precision 32





Example 2:  A = 1, P  = 3, precision 32





Example 3:  A = 2, P = 1, precision 16





Source:


Havil, Julian.  Curves for the Mathematical Curious: An Anthology of the Unpredictable, Historical, Beautiful, and Romantic  Princeton Universal Press. Princeton and Oxford. Princeton, NJ 2019 ISBN 978-0-691-18005-2


Eddie


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Saturday, January 9, 2021

TI 84 Plus: Plotting Circular Arcs with Just Two Points

 TI 84 Plus: Plotting Circular Arcs with Just Two Points


Introduction




Knowing two points (x0, y0) and (x1, y1), we can draw a circular arc between two points.  We are going to assume that the points form the diameter of the circle.  Therefore, either point forms the radius along with the line's midpoint.   The midpoint between the points, labeled (A,B) is:


A = (x0 + x1) / 2, B = (y0 + y1) / 2


With the radius:


R = √((A - x0)^2 + (B - y0)^2) = √((x1 - A)^2 + (y1 - B)^2)


Set the parametric equations as:


x = R * (cos(t) + A / R)

y = R * (sin(t) + B / R)


With t being the range of required angle measure (θ), we have to determine the start and end points for the range of values for t.  Since (A, B) may not be the origin, we must take it into account the midpoint in determining the angle points:


t0 = atan((B - y0) / (A - x0)) mod 2*π

t1 = atan((y1 - B) / (x1 - A)) mod 2*π


The program ARC2PTS for the TI-84 Plus makes use the complex number functions abs and angle to determine radius and the angles, respectively.


TI-84 Plus Program: ARC2PTS


"2020-12-20 EWS"

Radian

a+bi

Param

FnOff 

Input "X0? ",J

Input "Y0? ",K

Input "X1? ",L

Input "Y1? ",M

(J+L)/2→A

(K+M)/2→B

angle((A-J)+i(B-K))→C

If C<0:C+2π→C

angle((A-L)+i(B-M))→D

If D<0:D+2π→D

abs((A-J)+i(B-K))→R

"R(cos(T)+A/R)"→X₁T

"R(sin(T)+B/R)"→Y₁T

Menu("DIRECTION","TOP",1,"BOTTOM",2)

Lbl 1

min(C,D)→Tmin

max(C,D)→Tmax

Goto 3

Lbl 2

max(C,D)→Tmin

min(C,D)+2π→Tmax

Goto 3

Lbl 3

π/64→Tstep

ZoomFit

ZSquare


Examples


Example 1


Points:  (1,3) and (5,9), top part of the circle




Example 2


Points:  (-5, -8) and (-1, -7), bottom part of the circle




Eddie


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Sunday, January 3, 2021

Swiss Micros DM42 and HP71B: Present Value of a Growing Annuity

Swiss Micros DM42 and HP71B: Present Value of a Growing Annuity


Introduction


Today we are going to calculate the present value of a growing annuity.  Unlike most annuities where the payment is constant, in a growing annuity, the payment increases each period.  For this particular blog, we are working with annuities that payments increase by a growth percent (g%) each period.  The annuity has an different interest rate (r%) in which payments are discounted.  


Since the payments are not constant, the time value of money (TVM) keys on a financial calculator are not going to be used.  If your calculator has the the net present value (NPV) function, this can assist you in these calculations.

I am going to use a different approach.


Derivation





Variables:


P = base payment (the first payment)

g = growth rate per period 

r = interest rate per period

n = number of periods 

PV = present value


Ordinary Growing Annuity


In an ordinary growing annuity, the first payment will be received after one period (typically a year or a month) has passed.  Discounting all the payments to calculate present value:


PV 

=  P/(1+r) + P * (1+g)/(1+r)^2 + P * (1+g)^2/(1+r)^3 + ... + P * (1+g)^(n-1)/(1+r)^n

=  P/(1+r) * [ 1 + (1+g)/(1+r) + (1+g)^2/(1+r)^2 + ... + (1+g)^(n-1)/(1+r)^(n-1)


Let w = (1+g)/(1+r), then:


PV

= P/(1+r) * [ 1 + w + w^2 + ... + w^(n-1) ]


The result is a geometric series.  In a general geometric series:


a + a*r + a*r^2 + ... + a*r^(n-1) = Σ(a*r^k, k=0 to n-1) = a * (1 - r^n)/(1 - r)


Then:


PV

= P/(1+r) * [ 1 + w + w^2 + ... + w^(n-1) ]

= P/(1+r) * Σ(w^k, k=0 to n-1) 

= P/(1+r) * (1 - w^n)/(1 - w)


Alternatively, change w back to (1+g)/(1+r):


PV

= P/(1+r) * (1 - (1+g)^n/(1+r)^n) / (1 - (1+g)/(1+r))

= [ P/(1+r) * (1 - (1+g)^n/(1+r)^n) ] / [ 1 - (1+g)/(1+r) ]

= [ P/(1+r) * P/(1+r) * (1+g)^n/(1+r)^n ] / [ 1 - (1+g)/(1+r) ]


The article from finaceformulas.net (see source) suggests multiplying by (1+r) / (1+r):


= [ P/(1+r) - P/(1+r) * (1+g)^n/(1+r)^n ] / [ 1 - (1+g)/(1+r) ] * (1 + r) / (1 + r)

= [ P - P * (1+g)^n/(1+r)^n ] / [ 1 + r - (1 + g) ]

= [ P - P * (1+g)^n/(1+r)^n ] / [ r - g ]

= P / (r - g) * (1 - (1+g)^n/(1+r)^n )


Growing Annuity Due


On an annuity due, the first payment takes place immediately.  The present value is calculated as:


PV 

=  P +  P * (1+ g)/(1+r) + P * (1+g)^2/(1+r)^2 + P * (1+g)^3/(1+r)^3 + ... + P * (1+g)^n/(1+r)^n

=  P * [ 1 + (1+ g)/(1+r) + (1+g)^2/(1+r)^2 + (1+g)^3/(1+r)^3 + ... + (1+g)^n/(1+r)^n ]


Let w = (1+g)/(1+r), then:


PV 

= P * [1 + w + w^2 + w^3 + ... + w^n ]


We have another geometric progression:


PV 

= P  * (1 - w^(n+1))/(1 - w)


Summary:


Present Value of a Growing Annuity - Ordinary


PV = P/(1+r) * (1 - w^n)/(1 - w)


Present Value of a Growing Annuity - Due


PV = P  * (1 - w^(n+1))/(1 - w)


HP 42S/DM42 Program:  PVGROW


Both PVGROW and PVGDUE use only one register, R01.


00  {79-Byte Prgm}

01  LBL "PVGROW"

02  "BASE PMT?"

03  PROMPT

04  "INTEREST?"

05  PROMPT

06  1

07  X<>Y

08  %

09  +

10  STO 01

11  ÷

12  1

13  "GROWTH?"

14  PROMPT

15  %

16  +

17  RCL÷ 01

18  STO 01

19  "N?"

20  PROMPT

21  Y↑X

22  1

23  X<>Y

24  -

25  1

26  RCL- 01

27  ÷

28  ×

29  "PV="

30  ARCL ST X

31  AVIEW

32  END


HP 42S/DM42 Program:  PVGDUE


00  {79-Byte Prgm}

01  LBL "PVGDUE"

02  "BASE PMT?"

03  PROMPT

04  "INTEREST?"

05  PROMPT

06  1

07  X<>Y

08  %

09  +

10  1

11  "GROWTH?"

12  PROMPT

13  %

14  +

15  ÷

16  1/X

17  STO 01

18  "N?"

19  PROMPT

20  1

21  +

22  Y↑X

23  1

24  X<>Y

25  -

26  1

27  RCL- 01

28  ÷

29  ×

30  "PV="

31  ARCL ST X

32  AVIEW

33  END


HP 71B Program: PVGROW


Note:  This is for both ordinary and growing annuities due.


100  DESTROY P,G,R,W,A,C

105  INPUT "PAYMENT? "; P

110  INPUT "INTEREST? "; R

115  R=.01*R

120  INPUT "GROWTH? "; G

125  G=.01*G

130  W=(1+G)/(1+R)

135  INPUT "N? "; N

140  INPUT "DUE?(Y=1,N=0) ";C

145  IF C=1 THEN 200

150  IF C=0 THEN 300 ELSE 140 


200  A=P*(1-W^(N+1))/(1-W) @ ! DUE

205  GOTO 400


300  A=P*(1-W^N)/((1+R)*(1-W)) @ ! ORD

305 GOTO 400


400 PRINT "PV ="; A

  

Examples:


Base Payment:  P = 20.00

Interest Rate:  r = 4%

Growth Rate:  g = 5%

n = 5


Ordinary Growing Annuity


Result:  PV = 98.02


Timeline of Payments:

Period 0:  0.00

Period 1:  20.00

Period 2:  21.00

Period 3:  22.05

Period 4:  23.15

Period 5:  24.31


Growing Annuity Due


Result:  PV = 122.92


Period 0:  20.00

Period 1:  21.00

Period 2:  22.05

Period 3:  23.15

Period 4:  24.31

Period 5:  25.53


Source:


"Present Value of a Growing Annuity" financeformulas.net  https://financeformulas.net/Present_Value_of_Growing_Annuity.html   Retrieved December 13, 2020.  


Eddie


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Saturday, January 2, 2021

Retro Review: Radio Shack EC-4018

 Retro Review:   Radio Shack EC-4018








HAPPY NEW YEAR!


Quick Facts:


Company:  Radio Shack

Model:  EC-4018

Equivalent of:  Casio fx-470

Type:  Scientific 

Years:  Late 1980's

Display:  10 digits

Batteries:  Solar

Memory Registers: 1


Keyboard


The keyboard of the EC-4018 is a folding landscape.    The top half has the screen and 18 gray keys (scientific) to the right side, and two solar panel strips to the left.  The bottom half has 15 large black keys (arithmetic).  I really like the large keys on this calculator.  The keys are really easy to press and operated, and they also have a nice feel to them.  


Features


*  Trigonometric functions, logarithms, powers, rots

*  Convert to and from degrees-minutes-seconds

*  Four base conversions:  binary, decimal, octal, hexadecimal

*  Boolean Algebra: AND, OR, XOR, NEG

*  Fractions, combinations, permutations, reciprocal, factorials of integers


Physical Constants


INV 1:  Speed of Light in a Vacuum: c =  299792458 m/s

INV 2:  Planck's Constant:  h = 6.626176 * 10^-34 J s 

INV 3:  Universal Gravitational Constant:  G = 6.672 * 10^-11 N m^2/kg^2

INV 4:  Elementary Charge:  e = 1.6021892 * 10^-19 C

INV 5:  Electron Rest Mass:  me = 9.109534 * 10^-31 kg

INV 6:  Atomic Mass Unit:  u = 1.6605655 * 10^-27 kg

INV 7:  Avogadro's Constant:  Na = 6.022045 * 10^23/mol

INV 8:  Boltzmann Constant:  k = 1.308662 * 10^-23 J/K

INV 9:  Molar Volume of Ideal Gas:  Vm = 0.02241383 m^3/mol


According to the Casio fx-650 manual, these values are based on 1978 Japan Industrial Standards.  


The nice thing is that the units are stated next to the symbol.  


Verdict 


I am really like the keyboard and the contrast of the font colors.  The bright orange and gold really stand out against the black keyboard.   The screen's digits are really nice and big.  As I mentioned before, the keys have a nice feel.  


If you like a folding scientific calculator, you are going to have to search for a vintage calculator.  The good thing about Radio Shack is that their calculators tend to be less expensive than Casio.  



Sources:


"Electronic Calculators"  epocalc.net  Last Updated April 25, 2013.  http://www.epocalc.net/pages/mes_calcs_03.htm   Retrieved December 12, 2020.


Casio fx-650 Operation Manual



Eddie


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Sunday, December 20, 2020

Review: Swiss Micros DM41X

 Review: Swiss Micros DM41X






General Information


Company:  SwissMicros, https://www.swissmicros.com

Type:  Programmable Scientific

Memory:  319 registers (at default) - calculator; 32 MB external flash

Battery:  CR 2032

Date:  September 2020 - current

Cost:  229 CHF, about $257.34 according to currency converter on December 12, 2020 (https://www.xe.com/currencyconverter/convert/?Amount=229&From=CHF&To=USD)

Current Software Version:  2.1 (November 13, 2020)

Case Included?  Yes


The DM41X is a long waited calculator, and joins the DM 41L and DM41 family.  The family runs HP-41CX firmware, including a clock, time, and date functions.    On February 23, 2018, I reviewed the DM 41L which you can see here:


http://edspi31415.blogspot.com/2018/02/review-swissmicros-dm41l.html


I am going to address the features that are specific to the DM41X, which is added to all the great features of the DM41 and DM41L.  


A Return to the Original Layout





The DM41X's keyboard is in a portrait design, like the original Hewlett Packard HP-41C family (HP-41C, HP-41CV, HP-41CX)


Instead of the row of ON, USER, PRGM, and ALPHA keys on the top row, the DM41X adds a column of keys to the right of the main keyboard:


ON/CLK:  ON/OFF button, the shifted CLK displays the current time


USR/SETUP:  The user keyboard.  SETUP shows the DM41X's system menu where stve states and RAW progams can be saved, USB communication can be activated, modules can be saved and loaded, system settings can be changed, and accessing the About screen.


Blue Key:  This is the ALPHA key


Backspace Key


Up Arrow: for program scrolling and debugging


Down Arrow: for program scrolling and debugging


PRG/SIZE:  The PRGM button.  The shifted function allows the user set the number of registers to be set for numerical constants.


R/S/VIEW:  Run/Stop Key, View prompts for a view of a register's value without affecting the stack.


The Big Screen


The DM41X has three screen settings that is set by the DSP key:


1.  All four stacks, T, Z, Y, and X are displayed.  This is my preferred display. 


2.  The X stack and the Alpha Register are displayed.  On the top of the screen:  alarms, the number of storage registers designated for numerical constants, free memory, the current program loaded and it's pointer location.  


3.  Two stacks, Y and X are displayed. On the top of the screen:  alarms, the number of storage registers designated for numerical constants, free memory, the current program loaded and it's pointer location.  


Connectivity


The DM41X's connectivity interface is in line with the DM42's connectivity interface.  Simply plug the DM41X with a USB-Micro B port, then on the calculator press [shift], [USR] (SETUP), 1 for File, 5 for Activate USB Disk.  The DM41X now acts as a USB storage device like a smart phone.  


You can take screenshots by pressing and holding [SHIFT] and [DSP].  Screen shots are saved as .bmp files under the disk's SCREEN folder.


Black and white images of 400 x 240 pixels, 1 bit depth, .bmp format, can be saved to the disk's OFFIMG folder.  Every picture in the folder will be shown on a rotated basis every time the calculator is turned off.  


Custom Menu


Pressing the CST key will give you access to a custom menu 16 available slots for commands and programs.  CST also gives access to Help, ROM Map, and USB Disk activation.  To learn about how to set up the custom menu, click here:  https://edspi31415.blogspot.com/2020/10/swiss-micros-dm41x-custom-menus.html.


Programming


The DM41X operates like the HP-41CX in its programming language except the DM41X has a lot more room for ROM modules.


Verdict


Like the DM41L, the DM41X is a winner.  The keys feel good, I love seeing all four stack levels on the screen, and I am fan of the custom menu built into the DM41X.  This is definitely worth a purchase.


If the price tag of DM41X is too high, consider the DM41 or DM41L.  They may not have a four line display or a custom menu, but the high-quality calculator software and firmware is still present.  Currently only the DM41L is in stock from Swiss Micros, at CHF 129.  


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Announcement


This is the last post for 2020.  I want to wish everyone Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and Happy New Year.  2020 has been a brutal year in every respect.  May 2021 be free from disease, war, economic, social, and spiritual struggle; and be full of joy, health, and happiness.  Thank you to my blog's followers and readers; I appreciate all of you!  Take care, and the next schedule blog will be on January 2, 2021.  


Eddie


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