Hewlett-Packard 17BII Tutorial
To begin, look at the face of the calculator.
Most keys on the 17BII have two functions:
primary function is noted in white on the key itself, while each key’s secondary function is noted in
gold above the key.
To use the function on the key, simply press the key.
To access the gold
function above each key, first press the key with the solid gold face, which we will call the “gold
shift” key, and then press the desired function key.
(Note that the gold shift key is near the lower
left corner of the calculator keyboard.)
Turning the Calculator On and Off
To turn on the calculator, press
Note that the ON key is on the lower left corner of the keyboard—the face of the key has a white
“CLR,” while the word “ON” appears below the key.
Also, we will designate keys throughout this
tutorial by the use of small boxes, as above.
To conserve the battery, the calculator turns itself off
about 10 minutes after your last keystroke.
To turn the calculator off, press
Here we are using the solid black square to represent the gold shift key.
Thus, the keystrokes to
turn the calculator off are (1) press the gold shift key, and (2) then press the CLR key.
the word “OFF” appears above the CLR key in gold.
Thus, by pressing the gold shift key first, we
are activating the gold function above the CLR key, which is the off function.
Also, note that
pressing the gold shift key places a little “up arrow” symbol in the upper left corner of the display.
Press the gold shift key again and the symbol goes away.
key is a toggle key that
switches back and forth between the “regular” and the “gold” functions.
is like the typewriter
After you press
, look only at the gold writing.
Note that the calculator has a continuous memory, so turning it off does not affect any data stored
in the calculator.
The Menu System
The HP17BII differs from many calculators in that it uses a menu system.
To access the main menu,
The display shows five menu choices:
FIN, BUS, SUM, TIME, and SOLVE.
To access one of the menu choices, press the arrowhead key directly below the appropriate choice.
To illustrate, press the arrowhead key directly below FIN.
(We will designate this operation by