The user manual — but shorter, clearer, and much more entertaining!
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
9. Working with probability and distributions
9.1. Calculating PDFs and CDFs
9.2. Drawing distributions
9.4. Generating random numbers
10. Financial tools
10.1. Financial variables and tools
10.2. Solving finance problems
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
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.
- 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, cemetech.net. He is the author of Manning's Programming the TI-83 Plus/TI-84 Plus.
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