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## Solution 34425: Entering Measured Angles in Gradients on the TI-83 Plus and TI-84 Plus Family of Graphing Calculators.

### How can I enter measured angles in gradients on the TI-83 Plus and TI-84 Plus family of graphing calculators?

The TI-83 Plus and TI-84 Plus family of graphing calculators do not have the capability of measuring an angle in gradients mode (only degrees and radians are used). Gradient is used widely in Europe by geographers and architects. It is defined by setting the right angle (p/2, 90°) to 100 grads.

Angle in grads = angle in degree * (400/360)

Angle in degree = angle in grads * (360/400)

A simple work around is to stay in radian mode and to define two conversion constants:

400/(2p) → R
2pi/400 → G

Which can be used as sin(20G) in order to calculate the sine of 20 grads sin-1(0.9)R in order to calculate the angle in grads which corresponds to a sin of 0.9.

Please Note: To display the → symbol, users will have to press the [STO→] key.

Please see the TI-83 Plus and TI-84 Plus family guidebooks for additional information.