
Introduction

Three Ways to Use the HP65

Congratulations on purchasing your HP65 Programmable Pocket Calculator. In addition to all the computational
capabilities that have made the earlier HP35 and HP45 models so popular with professional people, your new
HP65 offers a feature that no other pocket calculator can provide: true programmability.


Simply defined, programmability is the HP65’s ability to store and automatically execute the keystroke sequence
required to solve a particular type of problem. The value of this feature becomes clearer when we consider that
most of us who routinely work with numbers spend a great deal of time doing the same types of calculations over
and over again. No matter whether we’re preparing flight plans, surveying construction sites, calculating
returnsoninvestment, or designing power supplies, we can all identify repetitive, timeconsuming problems which
diminish our productivity and frustrate our goals.


Although programmable computers and desktop calculators have been available for some time, their expense,
complexity and nonportability have made them inappropriate or impractical for many tasks. The real significance
of the HP65 is that it overcomes these limitations and lets almost anyone enjoy the advantages—speed,
accuracy, convenience—of a programmable calculating device.


You can use this powerful device in three ways:



You control every step of the calculation by pressing keys in the actual order of execution: you enter data,
perform functions, store results, control display, etc., by pressing keys.



By using prerecorded magnetic cards (like those supplied in the Standard Pac shipped with your calculator)
you can do highly complex calculations with minimal effort or study of the calculator itself. You load a
card into the calculator and let the stored
