TI-89 WORKSHEET 5:Algebra Concepts


The TI-89 can graph many different types of
equations. The following four examples
illustrate different types of equations graphed
on the TI-89. In these examples, the function
must be rewritten to be a function of x. The
examples demonstrate how to use the solve
feature of the calculator to rewrite the function
before graphing.

Example 1:
Graph the following equation.
3y – 9x = 15

First, change from standard form to slope-intercept
form by using the solve function :

Step 1: Press „ followed by 1 to access the
“solve(” function and press ¸.

Step 2: Type in the above equation and then
push the enter key. ¸.

Step 3: Enter the above equation into the
-editor for y1=. (If you know how to copy and
paste, this process can be simplified )

Step 4: Check for an appropriate viewing
window to graph the equation.

You may also consider using the F2 ZOOM tab on
the top of the y-editor screen: and
then type (alpha =) or press and scroll
down to option A: in order to select “ZoomFit”,
which establishes a window of best fit for viewing
the graph.

Choosing the “ZoomFit” option will automatically
take you to the graph. Therefore, step 5 is only
necessary to go directly from the y-editor to the
graphing screen.

Step 5: Graph the equation.

Example 2: Graph the following equation

y = x2 + 2x − 4

Step 1: Enter the above equation into the
y-editor for y2=.

Step 2: Highlight y1 and press This will
remove the check mark and instruct the
calculator to only graph y2.

Step 3: Graph the equation.

Example 3: Graph the following equation

First, this must be written as a function of x.
Therefore it must be solved for y .

Step 1: From the home screen select

Step 2: Type in the equation. Type in a
comma and then a y. Finish by typing a close
parenthesis and press enter.

Step 3: Use your arrow keys to highlight the
answer. Press to copy the answer.

Step 4: Press to access the equation
editor screen. Using paste the
answer in y1. The answer will appear in the
entry line . It is important that the extra y= is
deleted before you hit enter.

Step 5: Graph the equation.

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