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Solution 18829: Evaluating Composite Functions for a Specific Value of X on the TI-83 Family, TI-84 Plus Family, and TI-Nspire™ Handheld in TI-84 Plus Mode Graphing Calculators.

How can I evaluate the composition of two functions given a specific x-value on a TI-83 family, TI-84 Plus family, or TI-Nspire Handheld in TI-84 Plus Mode graphing calculator?

In order to evaluate the composition of two functions, given a specific value of x, refer to the following example.

Example: Find the composition of the following two functions when x = .5

f(x) = x2 + 3x - 2
g(x) = 2x + 3

Please Note: Many textbooks indicate function compositions using the notation f(g(x)) or (f ° g)(x).


Please Note: x) and Y2 = g(x)

1) Press [Y=] to go to the Y= Editor screen
2) Input x2 + 3x - 2 into the Y1 slot, then press [ENTER]
3) Input 2x + 3 into the Y2 slot, then press [ENTER]
4) Press [VARS] [Þ] [1] to select 1:Function from the Y-VARS menu
5) Press [1]  to select 1:Y1 then press [(]
6) Press [VARS] [Þ] [1] to select 1:Function from the Y-VARS menu again
7) Press [2]  to select 2:Y2 then press [)] [ENTER]

Please Note: The Y3 slot should read Y3 = Y1(Y2)

8) Press [Ü] [Ý] [Ý] [Ý] to select the '=' to the right of Y1, then press [ENTER] to disable the function from being graphed.

Please Note: The black square surrounding the '=' disappears once the function is disabled.

9) Press [ß] [ENTER] to disable the Y2 function from being graphed as well.
10) Press [GRAPH] to graph the composite function.
11) Press [TRACE] then input .5 and press [ENTER].

The coordinates are displayed, even if CoordOff format is selected.  The y-value of 26 is the solution to the problem.

For additional instructions on evaluating functions and performing other calculations, refer to the online guidebook for your calculator model.

Please Note: TI-Nspire users may refer to the TI-84 Plus family guidebook.