Switch HP 20b to Algebraic Mode
To switch the HP20b calculator in (Hierarchical) Algebraic mode press [Shift][Mode]. Press [Up Arrow] or [Down Arrow] repeatedly to scroll through the menu till you see "Chain" or "RPN" item is displayed, press [INPUT] key to cycle through till you see "Algebraic". To exit the Mode menu, press [ON/CE] key once.
In (Hierarchical) Algebraic mode, multiplication and division have a higher priority than addition and subtraction. For example, in (Hierarchical) "Algebraic" mode, pressing 1+2*3 returns a result of 7.00. In Chain mode, the same key presses return a different result.
In (Hierarchical) Algebraic mode, operations have the following priority:
- First priority: the power function (y x).
- Second priority: combinations and permutations.
- Third priority: multiplication and division.
- Fourth priority: addition and subtraction.
Updated On: 08.06.26