Setting up equations for the integration and solve functions for the HP 15C. Since the release of the HP 15C Limited Edition, the processing speed has increased.
The most important thing to remember is that the equation starts with "x" on the xregister of the stack.
With integration, "x" is the variable to be integrated.
With the solve function, "x" is the variable to be solved for.
Depending on the equation, in general, you will need to duplicate "x" with [ENTER] as many times as "x" appears in the equation. Algebraic manipulation of the equation can be helpful. A technique known as Horner's Method can be used for polynomials. It also helps to handle the innermost expressions first, working outside.
I often straw a stack diagram:
ST X, ST Y, ST Z, ST T
Several things to remember:
Most twoargument functions (arithmetic, power, combination, permutation, etc):
ST T retains what was in ST T
ST Z copies the contents of ST T
ST Y the contents of ST Z moves here
ST X result of the function
Pressing ENTER, recalling from a memory register, or entering π
ST T the contents of ST Z moves here
ST Z the contents of ST Y moves here
ST Y the contents of ST X moves here
ST X the number just entered or recalled
Horner's Method
Let the polynomial p(x) = a_n * x^n + a_n1 * x^(n1) + ... + a1 * x + a0
Applying Horner's Method to p(x):
( ... (a_n * x + a_n1) * x + a_n2) * x + a_n3) ... + a1 ) * x + a0
Functions
Integration: [ f ] [ x ] label
Solve: [ f ] [ ÷ ] label
This blog provides examples of integration, but ideas can be taken from the examples for use in solving equations.
Examples are in the format of:
b
∫ f(x) dx
a
All results shown here are rounded to 4 decimal places (FIX 4).
Example 1:
5
∫ x^2 * cos x dx
1
KEY ST X ST Y ST Z ST T
LBL 1 x   
ENTER x x  
COS cos(x) x  
x<>y x cos(x)  
x^2 x^2 cos(x)  
× f(x)   
Result: 19.4578
Example 2:
π
∫ x sin((π * x)/4) dx
0
KEY ST X ST Y ST Z ST T
LBL 2 x   
ENTER x x  
π π x x 
× π*x x  
4 4 π*x x 
÷ (π*x)/4 x  
SIN sin(π*x/4) x  
× f(x)   
RTN
Result: 4.1369
Example 3
3.5
∫ x / (x^2 + 3x  4 ) dx =
3
3.5
∫ x / ((x + 3) *x  4) dx
3
KEY ST X ST Y ST Z ST T
LBL 5 x   
ENTER x x  
ENTER x x x 
3 3 x x x
+ x+3 x x x
× x(x+3) x x x
4 4 x(x+3) x x
 x(x+3)4 x x x
1/x 1/... x x x
× f(x) x x x
RTN
Result: 0.0998
Example 4:
3
∫ √(x^3  2x + 1)/x dx
1
Let ø = √(x^3 2x+1)
KEY ST X ST Y ST Z ST T
LBL 3 x   
ENTER x x  
ENTER x x x 
3 3 x x x
y^x x^3 x x x
x<>y x x^3 x x
2 2 x x^3 x
× 2x x^3 x x
 x^32x x x x
1 1 x^32x x x
+ x^32x+1 x x x
√ ø x x x
x<>y x ø x x
÷ f(x) x x x
RTN
Result: 2.0912
Here are a few more examples of integrals. Try and draw the stack diagram for each step.
Example 5:
8.5
∫ x * √(x^2  3*x  4) dx =
4.5
8.5
∫ x * √((x  3) * x  4) dx
4.5
LBL 6
ENTER
ENTER
3

×
4

√
×
RTN
Result: 117.2455
Example 6:
π/4
∫ x * (( sin(x2) )/(cos x)) dx
0
LBL 7
ENTER
ENTER
2

SIN
x<>y
COS
÷
×
RTN
Result: 0.3578
I hope you find this blog helpful. Until next time, Eddie
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