Monday, May 30, 2022

Plus42: The FOR Function

Plus42:  The FOR Function

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Today's blog entry will cover one of the additional solver functions for the Plus42:  FOR.

Plus42 FOR Syntax


INIT:  Initial commands

COND:  condition

If the condition is true:  execute EXPR (there can be more than one EXPR statements), then NEXT

If the condition is false:  the loop ends

NEXT:  next command,  this is where the counter variable is incremented or decremented

EXPR:  the main loop


Example 1:  Add from 1 to 4.

HP 39G/Prime Code:





Plus42 Equation Code:



S = sum_final answer

A = sum

I = counter variable

Result:  S = 10

S=:   set the result to the variable S, S = A

INIT:  (L(A:0)+L(I:1))×0;  set A = 0 and I = 1

COND:  G(I)≤4;  test if I≤4; if true continue, if false exit the loop

NEXT:  L(I:G(I)+1); this happens at the end of the loop, this is like the general STEP incr/decr command

EXPR: L(A:G(A)+G(I))

The use of the Get function allows the variable to used automatically and not be displayed in the CALC menu.  

Something that threw me off is that the order of NEXT and EXPR, which the EXPR (which I think there could be more than one EXPR statements), I am used to NEXT either at the end of the FOR loop or implied (end of indentation in Python, for example).

Example 2:  Product

Calculate Π(n/4, n=1 to m) = 1/4 * 2/4 * 3/4 * ... * m/4

Plus42 Equation Code:



P = product_final answer

N = counter

M = higher limit

P=:   set the result to the variable P, P = A

INIT:  (L(A:1)+L(N:1)+M)×0; set A = 1, N = 1, ask for M

COND: G(N)≤IP(M); if N ≤ IP(M); if true continue, if false exit the loop

NEXT:  L(N:G(N)+1)

EXPR: L(A:G(A)×(G(N)÷4))


3 → M; P → 0.0938

6 → M; P → 0.1758

12 → M; P → 28.5507

Example 3:  Recursive

Given an initial condition u_0, calculate the recursion:

u_n = 2 * u_n-1 - 3

for n terms.

Plus42 Equation Code:



S = final answer

U = recursive variable

N = number of terms

S=:  final answer

INIT:  (U+N+L(I:1))×0


NEXT:  L(I:G(I)+1)

EXPR:  L(U:2×G(U)-3)

Results, enter U, N first before calculating for S:

2 → U, 3 → N; S → -5

5 → U, 2 → N; S → 11

Enjoy and hope this helps,


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