Using the TI-83 Plus/TI-84 Plus
Christopher R. Mitchell
  • August 2013
  • ISBN 9781617290848
  • 368 pages
  • printed in black & white

The user manual — but shorter, clearer, and much more entertaining!

Louis Becquey, Joseph Fourier University, Grenoble


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Using the TI-83 Plus/TI-84 Plus is a hands-on guide to these two powerful graphing calculators. This easy-to-follow book includes terrific tutorials and plenty of exercises and examples that let you learn by doing. It starts by giving you a hands-on orientation to the calculators so you'll be comfortable with the screens, buttons, and the special vocabulary they use. Then, you'll start exploring key features while you tackle problems just like the ones you'll see in your math and sciences classes.

Table of Contents detailed table of contents



about this book

Part 1 Basics and algebra on the TI-83 Plus/TI-84 Plus

1. What can your calculator do?

1.1. Five examples of what your calculator can do

1.2. This book and your calculator

1.3. MathPrint vs. non-MathPrint calculators

1.4. Summary

2. Get started with your calculator

2.1. Before you begin

2.2. Performing basic calculations

2.3. More homescreen skills

2.4. Finding functions

2.5. Setting modes

2.6. Solving equations and checking your answers

2.7. Summary

3. Basic graphing

3.1. Getting started with graphing

3.2. Visualizing solutions and examining graphs

3.3. Manipulating graphs

3.4. Using the Table

3.5. Summary

4. Variables, matrices, and lists

4.1. What are variables? Why do I need them?

4.2. Using sequences of numbers: lists

4.3. List operations and functions

4.4. Exploring 2D matrices

4.5. Matrix operations and functions

4.6. Summary

Part 2 Precalculus and calculus

5. Expanding your graphing skills

5.1. Parametric mode

5.2. Graphing polar functions

5.3. Graphing sequences

5.4. Drawing on graphs

5.5. Saving graph settings and pictures

5.6. Summary

6. Precalculus and your calculator

6.1. Imaginary and complex numbers

6.2. Experimenting with trigonometry

6.3. Understanding limits

6.4. Exponents and logarithms

6.5. Summary

7. Calculus on the TI-83 Plus/TI-84 Plus

7.1. Derivatives and slope

7.2. Finding minima, maxima, and inflection points

7.3. Integrals and area under a curve

7.4. Summary

Part 3 Statistics, probability, and finance

8. Calculating and plotting statistics

8.1. Working with data lists

8.2. Calculating properties of data

8.3. Statistical plots

8.4. Regression: fitting lines to data

8.5. Summary

9. Working with probability and distributions

9.1. Calculating PDFs and CDFs

9.2. Drawing distributions

9.3. Combinatorics

9.4. Generating random numbers

9.5. Summary

10. Financial tools

10.1. Financial variables and tools

10.2. Solving finance problems

10.3. Summary

Part 4 Going further with the TI-83 Plus/TI-84 Plus

11. Turbocharging math with programming

11.1. Hello World, your first program

11.2. Writing a Quadratic Formula solver

11.3. A crash course in programming commands

11.4. Putting it all together: programming, SATs, math, and more

11.5. Summary: taking programming further

12. The TI-84 Plus C Silver Edition

12.1. Arithmetic and algebra

12.2. Graphing features

12.3. Drawing in color

12.4. Statistics features

12.5. Summary

13. Now what?

13.1. Connecting your calculator

13.2. Finding and using Apps and programs

13.3. Writing and publishing your own programs

13.4. Sensors, robots, and hardware

13.5. Final thoughts

Appendix A: The SATs and your calculator

Appendix B: Calculator skills summary

Appendix C: Something went wrong


About the book

With so many features and functions, the TI-83 Plus/TI-84 Plus graphing calculators can be a little intimidating. This book turns the tables and puts you in control! In it you'll find terrific tutorials that guide you through the most important techniques, dozens of examples and exercises that let you learn by doing, and well-designed reference materials so you can find the answers to your questions fast.

Using the TI-83 Plus/TI-84 Plus starts by making you comfortable with these powerful calculators' screens, buttons, and special vocabulary. Then, you'll explore key features while you tackle problems just like the ones you'll see in your math and sciences classes.

What's inside

  • Get up and running with your calculator fast!
  • Lots of examples
  • Special tips for SAT and ACT math
  • Covers the color-screen TI-84 Plus C Silver Edition

About the reader

Written for anyone who wants to use the TI-83 Plus/TI-84 Plus. No advanced knowledge of math and science is required.

About the author

Christopher Mitchell is a teacher, PhD candidate, and recognized leader in the calculator enthusiast community. You'll find Christopher (aka Kerm Martian) and his cadre of calculator experts answering questions and sharing advice on his website, He is the author of Manning's Programming the TI-83 Plus/TI-84 Plus.

Expertly captivates readers at any level of study, and provides practical examples that students will use in their academic years and beyond.

Samuel Gockel, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

The perfect complement to math and statistics courses of all levels.

Ryan Boyd, University of Texas at Austin

This is THE manual for your calculator.

Jonathan Walker, computer science student,NDSU