In this Computer Algebra System (CAS) activity, students use the statistical, graphical, and symbolic capabilities of the calculator to make it a powerful tool for investigating and developing mathematical concepts.

Before the Activity

Install TI Connect™ using the TI connectivity cable

See the attached PDF file for detailed instructions for this activity

Print pages 1 - 21 from the attached PDF file for the class

During the Activity

Distribute the pages to the class.

Follow the Activity procedures:

Explore the numerous commands, features, and calculation capabilities of the calculator

Use the calculator to solve a system of equations by elimination method, substitution method, and matrix method

Find the inverse of a function

With the help of the statistical and graphical capabilities of the calculator, solve a given problem, and derive an equation that models the problem situation

Use the symbolic algebra capabilities to derive an equation that represents problem situations without using graphs

Enter the data for the problem situation and set up a scatter plot

Perform a quadratic regression

Explore other algebra-graph connection problems

Explore the summation commands

Use patterns to develop formulas for exponents, logarithms, rationalizing denominators, and factoring

Understand how parametric and trigonometric problems can be solved using the calculator

Develop the power rule from y = x^{n}

Use the calculator to solve various problems that appeared on the AP Calculus exam

Determine where the derivative of a function is equal to zero

Find the derivative of a function and use the calculator to verify the result

Study the Chain Rule

After the Activity

Students' answer questions on the Activity sheet.

Review student results:

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