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Solution 34417: Evaluating Composite Functions for a Specific Value of X on the TI-84 Plus C Silver Edition.

How can I evaluate the composition of two functions given a specific x-value on the TI-84 Plus C Silver Edition?

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

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

Solution:

NOTE: Let Y1 = f(x) and Y2 = g(x)

• Press [Y=] to go to the Y= Editor screen.
• Input x2 + 3x - 2 into the Y1 slot, then press [ENTER].
• Input 2x + 3 into the Y2 slot, then press [ENTER].
• Press [VARS], arrow right to Y-VARS, and select 1:Function from the Y-VARS menu.
• Press 1: Y1 then press [( ].
• Press [VARS], arrow right to Y-VARS, and select 1:Function from the Y-VARS menu.
• Press 2:Y2 then press [ )] [ENTER].

NOTE: The Y3 slot should read Y3 = Y1(Y2).



• Arrow over to the = sign and arrow up 3 times to select the '=' to the right of Y1, then press [ENTER] to disable the function from being graphed.

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

• Arrow down once and press [ENTER] to disable the Y2 function from being graphed as well.



• Press [GRAPH] to graph the composite function.
• 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.

Please see the TI-84 Plus C Silver Edition guidebook for additional information.