# TI-83 Plus Graphing Calculator Keystroke Guide

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1 TI-83 Plus Graphing Calculator Keystroke Guide In your textbook you will notice that on some pages a key-shaped icon appears next to a brief description of a feature on your graphing calculator. In this guide the page number in the textbook on which each of these icons occurs is shown, as well as the key word or phrase that appears in the box, followed by a detailed description of how to use this feature on your TI-83 Plus graphing calculator. Each feature is also given its own number for easy reference. page 2 1 Negative and Subtract You may have noticed that the calculator has two keys with a minus sign on them. The ( ) key in the bottom row of keys is actually the negative key. The negative key is used only to write a negative number. The following numbers and expressions would be entered using the negative key: 7* /( 6). The key in the right-hand column on the keyboard with the +,, and keys, is the subtraction key. It is grouped with the other keys used to perform the basic four arithmetic operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division). The subtraction key is used between two numbers to indicate that a subtraction is to be done. The following expressions would be entered using the blue subtraction key: * 7 2 6(3+ 4). You can tell which of these keys has been used from the screen display, if you look closely. The negative sign produced by the negative key is one pixel (dot) shorter and placed one pixel row higher than the subtraction sign produced by the subtraction key. Be aware that it is a common mistake among new users of the graphing calculator to press the wrong one of these two keys. If you do, sometimes you will get an error message on the calculator screen when you press ENTER to evaluate an expression. Other times the calculator will do something different from what you intend. For example, suppose you wanted to do the subtraction 8 on the calculator. First do it the correct way with the blue subtraction key and press ENTER to evaluate it. Of course, you should get 3 as the answer. Now enter it the wrong way by using the negative key between the 8 and the and press ENTER to evaluate it. You get an error message (ERR: SYNTAX, which you can read more about in the Error Conditions portion in the back of the manual that came with your calculator). What happened? The calculator does not interpret the negative key as meaning to subtract. The calculator sees this last expression as two numbers written side by side, 8 and. The TI-83 Plus knows that the negative key is not one of the four basic operation keys, and so it gives its error message.

2 6 TI-83 page 2 2 Mode (Number of Decimal Places Displayed) Press the MODE key. The second line of the Mode screen controls the number of decimal places that the calculator will display in its computed results. With the highlight on the word Float, the calculator will display either an exact value with only the number of decimal places needed to do so, or it will display the full ten digits it is able to display. If the Mode screen does not already appear as shown below left, use the arrow keys to move the cursor over the word Float, and press ENTER to select it. Press 2nd [QUIT] to return to the Home screen and do the computations shown below the Mode screen on the left. Press MODE again, and use the arrow keys to move the cursor over the number 2 on the second line of the Mode screen. Press 2nd [QUIT] to return to the Home screen and do the same computations again. Note how all of the results are displayed rounded to two decimal places, as shown above right. page 3 3 Square Root The square root is the second function on the x 2 key. Note the square root sign ð printed above the x 2 key in yellow print. To produce a square root sign on the Home screen display, press 2nd [ ð ]. Other keystrokes involving the 2nd key will be denoted in a similar fashion. The expression in the brackets should be found printed above one of the keys on the keyboard. Note that what actually appears on the screen is the square root sign, followed by an open parenthesis: ð(. The number or mathematical expression whose square root you wish to evaluate is called the argument of the square root. The TI-83 Plus requires that the argument of the square root be enclosed in parentheses. The calculator does you the favor of typing the open parenthesis for you. After you have typed in the number or expression, you should end it with a close parenthesis: ). Unlike with most scientific calculators, with the graphing calculator you enter the square root sign first. To find the square root of 324, use the following keystrokes: 2nd [ ð ] 324) ENTER. On the Home screen you will see ð(324). The value of this square root, 18, should have appeared on the right of the screen after you pressed ENTER. Note that the calculator does the square root of the number or expression enclosed in parentheses immediately following the square root sign. If you want to compute 9+ 16, you should group the sum in parentheses, ð(9+16), to indicate that the sum is to be computed before the square root is taken. (The correct value of this expression is.) If you want to compute the value of 9+ 16, where the square root is to apply only to the number 9, you must be sure to put

3 Graphing Calculator Keystroke Guide 7 a close parenthesis after the 9 when you enter this expression into the calculator: ð(9)+16. The value of this expression is 19. If you forget to type the close parenthesis, the calculator will assume that you wanted a close parenthesis at the end of the expression. Thus, in the last example the calculator would interpret ð(9+16 as being the same as ð(9+16), which is the square root of 2, or. page 4 4 Test The items on the TEST menu may be used to tell whether a relationship between two numbers or expressions is true or false. To see how it works, let the calculator verify something you already know: 7 is less than 8. At the Home screen type a 7 and then press 2nd [TEST] (the second function on the MATH key) to display the TEST menu. The "less than" symbol < is choice on the menu. Either press or use the Down Arrow key to highlight the and press ENTER. The < symbol will appear on the Home screen after the 7. Then type an 8, so that the Home screen now shows 7<8. The calculator will tell you whether this statement is true when you press ENTER. The calculator will display a 1 if the statement is true or a 0 if the statement is false. In this case, of course, the calculator displays a 1, since it is true that 7 is less than 8. Now enter a false statement: 4 > 11. Type a 4 and then press 2nd [TEST] to display the TEST menu. The "greater than" symbol > is choice 3 on the menu, so press 3 to produce the > symbol on the Home screen after the 4. Now type 11 and press ENTER. The calculator displays a 0 to tell you that the statement is false. Next try one that perhaps isn't so obvious. Is 9 >? Type in /8 > 9/93 (using the division 8 93 key to produce the diagonal slash division sign /) and press ENTER to find out. The statement is false, since the calculator responds with a 0. page Absolute Value The absolute value of a number is the number's distance from zero on the number line. On your calculator the absolute value is denoted abs. To produce the absolute value character, first press the MATH key, which will first display the MATH menu. Then use the Right Arrow key to highlight the NUM menu heading at the top of the screen.

5 Graphing Calculator Keystroke Guide 9 key. Choice 1, which is already highlighted, is åfrac, which converts the preceding expression to fractional form, if it can. Press 1 or ENTER (since choice 1 is already highlighted). The display will return to the Home screen, where the fraction conversion symbol will appear after the expression: /6-1/2åFrac. Now press ENTER to see the fractional value of the expression (one-third). page 17 9 Subtract See 1 Negative and Subtract. page Multiply Your calculator interprets the following as indicating multiplication: the multiplication key, numbers or expressions written in side by side in parentheses, and numbers and letters written side by side. The TI-83 Plus will also accept letters written side by side as indicating multiplication. If you type 3 6, the calculator will display it as 3*6. The asterisk * is a common computer notation for multiplication. When you press ENTER, the calculator will display the value 18. If you place one or both of the numbers in a multiplication in parentheses without using the multiplication key, the calculator still knows that you mean to multiply. Thus, the calculator will also produce 18 if you enter 3 6 as 3(6), (3)6, or (3)(6). Parentheses may also be used for grouping calculations to be done in a certain order. Thus, the calculator interprets (3+4) as meaning to add first to get 7, and then to multiply times the 7 to get 3. As an example of placing numbers and letters side by side, the calculator interprets 3X as meaning "3 times X." (How to enter letters will be discussed later.) To see how this way of writing multiplication works, try typing 2π, where π (the Greek letter pi) represents that special number having to do with circles. The value of π is approximately Your calculator has this special number as the second function on the caret key ^. (You should see the symbol π printed above the caret key in yellow type.) To type in 2π, type the 2 and then press 2nd [π]. Your calculator should display 2π. Press ENTER to see the value , which is a decimal approximation of two times the value of π. page Divide The symbol appears on the division key of your calculator, but on the screen division is indicated by the diagonal slash /. Do the division 24 divided by 6 by pressing 24 6 ENTER. Note that on the Home screen the division appears as 24/6, which means the same thing, and the result is still 4.

6 10 TI-83 Fractions may also be entered as divisions. For example, the fraction 4 3 may be interpreted as 3 divided by 4. You may enter the fraction that way on your calculator. On the screen you will see 3/4. When you press ENTER, you will see the decimal equivalent of.7. (See also 8 Fraction.) page Exponent The caret key ^ is used to enter most exponents. For example, the expression 2, is entered into the calculator as 2^. Thus, the base is entered first, then the caret, and then the exponent. Press ENTER to produce this expression s value, 32. To raise a negative number to a power, it is necessary to enclose the negative number base in parentheses. For example, to raise the number 4 3 to the fourth power the expression must be written as ( 3). Likewise, we must enter this expression into the calculator as (-3)^4. The result is 81. Without the parentheses, -3^4 would (and should) be interpreted as taking the negative of = (3 ) = (81) = That is, -3^4 is interpreted as The exponent 2 can be displayed on screen as a raised exponent. To enter the expression you could use the standard approach of typing ^2, or you could instead type the and then 2 2 press the x key. The x key produces only the raised exponent 2 on the screen, not the x. Either way, the calculator produces the result of 2 when you press ENTER. 3 On a TI-83 Plus you may also produce a raised exponent 3. To display the expression 4, first type 4 and then press the MATH key. The calculator will display the MATH menu. Choice 3 on the MATH menu is the raised exponent 3. Select it by pressing 3 (or use the Down Arrow key to highlight the number 3 and press ENTER). The MATH menu will then disappear, and the calculator will display 4 3. Press ENTER to display the value of the expression, 64. page Square Root See 3 Square Root. page Reciprocal Since the reciprocal of an integer, such as, may be written as 1, it may be entered into the calculator as we would enter any fraction of this type: 1/, using the division key to produce the diagonal slash / on the screen. Similarly, the reciprocal of a fraction, such as 8, may be written by interchanging the numerator and denominator: 8, appearing as 8/ on screen. Another way to enter the reciprocal of a number is to use the 2 1 x key. For reasons that will 1 be explained later, the reciprocal of 4 may be written as 4. To produce this expression on 1 screen, press 4 and then the x key, which produces only the exponent 1, not the x. Press ENTER to display the value of the expression,.2, which is the decimal equivalent of 41. To enter the reciprocal of a fraction such as, the fraction must be enclosed in parentheses to ensure that 8 the reciprocal of the entire fraction is computed. Type (/8) -1 and press ENTER to see the

7 Graphing Calculator Keystroke Guide 11 value of the reciprocal of 8, which is displayed as 1.6, the decimal equivalent of 8. If you want the calculator to display the reciprocal in fraction form, use the åfrac feature. (See 8 Fraction.) page 60

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