Retro Review: TI-35 Galaxy Solar
Model: TI-35 Galaxy Solar
Company: Texas Instruments
Production Years: 1984 - 1989 (mainly 1985)
Operating System: AOS
Memory Registers: 1
Display: One line: 8 digits or 5 digits with 2 digit exponent (10^xx), with polar/rectangular indicators, up to four pending arithmetic operators
The TI-35 Galaxy Solar comes in a carrying case. The keyboard feels kind of nice.
Standard Scientific Calculator Feature Set
The TI-35 Galaxy Solar is a landscape calculator with a function set typical of the TI-30 series:
> Trigonometry: sine, cosine, tangent, and their inverses
> Logarithms and powers
> Polar/Rectangular conversions
> Decimal/Degrees-Minutes-Seconds (DD.MMSS) conversions
> Memory Register Operations: store, recall, sum (STO+), exchange
> Statistics: mean (x-bar), standard deviation (σn-1), population deviation (σn)
> Angle Modes: degrees, radians, grads, and conversions
The keyboard has an inverse button ( [INV] ).
Inverse Key Mapping
[INV] [SIN]: arcsin
[INV] [COS]: arccos
[INV] [TAN]: arctan
[INV] [EE]: cancel scientific notation display when possible
[INV] [LOG]: 10^x
[INV] [LN]: e^x
[INV] [P>R]: R>P (rectangular to polar conversion)
[INV] [DMS>DD]: DD>DMS (decimal to degree-minutes-seconds conversion)
One of the nice things with the TI-35 Galaxy Solar is when these conversions happen, the results are displayed with labels.
Rectangular to Polar Conversion:
Input: x [ x<>y ] y [INV] [P>R]
Output: θ [x<>y] r (with θ and r indicators)
Polar to Rectangular Conversion:
Input: r [x<>y] θ [P>R]
Output: y [x<>y] x (with y and x indicators)
1. Enter a constant
2. Press an arithmetic operation ([+], [-], [×], [÷], [y^x], [INV] [y^x])
3. Press [INV] (K)
4. Enter the number to be operated on then press equals [=]. Repeat step 4 for each number.
a [ + ] [INV] ( K ) n [ = ]... n + a
a [ - ] [INV] ( K ) n [ = ]... n - a
a [ × ] [INV] ( K ) n [ = ]... n × a
a [ ÷ ] [INV] ( K ) n [ = ]... n ÷ a
a [ y^x ] [INV] ( K ) n [ = ]... n^a
a [INV] [ y^x ] [INV] ( K ) n [ = ]... n^(1/a)
One of the more unique features of the TI-35 Galaxy Solar are arithmetic indicators of pending operators on the left side of the screen. The indicators provide an excellent insight to the pending arithmetic operators.
Published are two YouTube shorts that see the arithmetic indicators in action:
Example 1: https://youtube.com/shorts/GCmuDwjr72w
Example 2: https://youtube.com/shorts/AOXhkNHI1po
This is my favorite feature of the TI-35 Galaxy Solar calculator.
I think this a real good collector's calculator. I like the landscape form and the pending arithmetic indicators is a great addition.
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