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TI-83 Plus Graphing Calculator For Dummies

TI-83 Plus Graphing Calculator For Dummies

C. C. Edwards

ISBN: 978-0-764-55920-4

Feb 2004

288 pages



Would you order a multi-course gourmet buffet and just eat salad? If you have a TI-83 Plus graphing calculator, you have a veritable feast of features and functions at your fingertips, but chances are you don’t take full advantage of them. This friendly guide will help you explore your TI-83 Plus Graphing Calculator and use it for all it’s worth, and that’s a lot. With easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions plus screen shots, TI-83 Plus Graphing Calculator For Dummies shows you how to:
  • Perform basic arithmetic operations
  • Use Zoom and panning to get the best screen display
  • Use all the functions in the Math menu, including the four submenus: MATH, NUM, CPS, and PRB
  • Use the fantastic Finance application to decide whether to lease or get a loan and buy, calculate the best interest, and more
  • Graph and analyze functions by tracing the graph or by creating a table of functional values, including graphing piecewise-defined and trigonometric functions
  • Explore and evaluate functions, including how to find the value, the zeros, the point of intersection of two functions, and more
  • Draw on a graph, including line segments, circles, and functions, write text on a graph, and do freehand drawing
  • Work with sequences, parametric equations, and polar equations
  • Use the Math Probability menu to evaluate permutations and combinations
  • Enter statistical data and graph it as a scatter plot, histogram, or box plot, calculate the median and quartiles, and more
  • Deal with matrices, including finding the inverse, transpose, and determinant and using matrices to solve a system of linear equations

Once you discover all you can do with your TI-83 Plus Graphing Calculator, you’ll find out how to make it do more! This guide shows you how to download and install the free TI Connect software to connect your calculator to your computer, and how to link it to other calculators and transfer files. It shows you how to help yourself to more than 40 applications you can download from the TI Web site, and most of them are free. You can choose from Advanced Finance, CellSheet, that turns your calculator into a spread sheet, NoteFolio that turns it into a word processor, Organizer that lets you schedule events, create to-do lists, save phone numbers and e-mail addresses, and more.

Get this book and discover how your TI-83 Plus Graphing Calculator can solve all kinds of problems for you.


Part I: Making Friends with the Calculator.

Chapter 1: Coping with the Basics.

Chapter 2: Doing Basic Arithmetic.

Part II: Advanced Functions, Complex Numbers, and Solving Equations.

Chapter 3: The Math and Angle Menus.

Chapter 4: Dealing with Complex Numbers.

Chapter 5: Solving Equations.

Part III: Dealing with Finances.

Chapter 6: Finding the Best Deal.

Chapter 7: Loans and Mortgages.

Chapter 8: Savings and Investments.

Part IV: Graphing and Analyzing Functions.

Chapter 9: Graphing Functions.

Chapter 10: Exploring Functions.

Chapter 11: Evaluating Functions.

Chapter 12: Drawing on a Graph.

Part V: Sequences, Parametric Equations, and Polar Equations.

Chapter 13: Graphing Sequences.

Chapter 14: Exploring Sequences.

Chapter 15: Parametric Equations.

Chapter 16: Polar Equations.

Part VI: Probability and Statistics.

Chapter 17: Probability.

Chapter 18: Dealing with Statistical Data.

Chapter 19: Analyzing Statistical Data.

Part VII: Dealing with Matrices.

Chapter 20: Creating and Editing Matrices.

Chapter 21: Using Matrices.

Part VIII: Communicating with PCs and Other Calculators.

Chapter 22: Communicating with a PC with TI ConnectTM .

Chapter 23: Communicating Between Calculators.

Part IX: The Part of Tens.

Chapter 24: Ten Great Applications.

Chapter 25: Eight Common Errors.

Chapter 26: Eleven Common Error Messages.