The TI-83 and TI-84 calculators were designed to be very user friendly. In fact, many people who have previous experience with graphing calculators find that they can become quite proficient with the TI-83/84 by simply “exploring” the calculator for a day or two. The user’s manual supplied with the calculator is well written, and can be used as an instruction manual or as a convenient reference in learning how to use the calculator. However, if this is your first encounter with a graphing calculator you may find the learning experience to be very frustrating! Both the calculator and the manual can be intimidating to those not familiar with this technology.
This tutorial was designed with all of you in mind, but primarily for those who have limited experience with graphing calculators. If you are already an experienced user, you may find within the tutorial some helpful techniques or capabilities in using the calculator that are new to you or that you had forgotten. The tutorial is structured in such a way that you can jump immediately to any topic that interests you. For the beginner, this tutorial will provide step-by-step instruction in the use of the TI-83 or TI-84 calculator that you can follow AT YOUR OWN PACE! The tutorial will lead you through each topic, providing full key sequences and screen images at each step. You can back up at any time to review the previous step. You can choose to work through the entire tutorial, or select only those topics that interest you. Topics can be selected in any order.
The primary purpose of the tutorial is to provide instruction on the specific capabilities of the TI-83 or TI-84 that are necessary for a Precalculus Algebra or College Algebra course in which the use of a graphing calculator is required. It is not meant to be exhaustive, or to cover in detail EVERY aspect of the calculator. Rather, the goal is for you to be able to use the calculator to perform the tasks which are relevant to the material covered in such a course. The content of this tutorial is text independent, but the topics have been arranged to follow the traditional sequence in a Precalculus Algebra or College Algebra text. Textbook guides are available for certain texts that align the topics in the tutorial to each section of the textbook.
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There is a demonstration lesson available that provides a sample of the features and content of the tutorial. The demo is complete with its own table of contents, index and textbook guides. You may explore the demo at any time. To access the complete tutorial you must register as a member and pay a one-time access fee.