This Computer Algebra System (CAS) activity encourages students to investigate the various functions and applications of the CAS calculator. They study and practice various types of problems in algebra and calculus with the help of the calculator.

Before the Activity

Install TI Connect™ using the TI connectivity cable

See the attached PDF file for detailed instructions for this activity

Print the attached PDF file for the class

During the Activity

Distribute the pages to the class.

Follow the Activity procedures:

Study and learn to use various features and functions of the CAS calculator

Find the maximum and minimum values of a function from its graph

Study the algebra menu and solve linear equations using various methods

Reproduce screen snap with the help of the calculator

Solve equations and inequalities by various methods

Use the calculator to solve functions and to evaluate their inverses

Study different types of transformations

Explore the relationship between sine and cosine functions

Calculate limits of functions and evaluate them when the limit tends to zero, or any other value

Examine the different techniques for finding limits

Determine the derivative of a function by different methods and rules

Find the equation of a tangent line at a point on the curve, and study the increasing/decreasing concept

With the help of the calculator, evaluate different integral functions

Use integration to find area under a curve or area between 2 functions

Study various types of matrices and understand their properties and applications

Solve a set of simultaneous equations using determinants

Determine the co-factor, adjoint, and inverse of a given matrix

Use Gaussian elimination to reduce a matrix to its echelon form

After the Activity

Students' answer questions on the Activity sheet.

Review student results:

As a class, discuss questions that appeared to be more challenging