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Solution 34754: Calculating nth Powers and nth Roots Using the TI-84 Plus C Silver Edition Graphing Handheld.

How do I calculate nth powers and nth roots using the TI-84 Plus C Silver Edition?

To calculate nth powers and nth roots using the TI-84 Plus C Silver Edition, follow the examples below.

nth Powers

To raise a number by an exponent, use the caret key labeled as [^].

Example: 34 = ?

• Press [3].
• Press [^].
• Press [4].
• Press [ENTER] to complete the calculation.

Example: -22 = ?

• Press [ ( ] [(-)]. The [(-)] key is called the negate key and is located below [3].
• Press [2] [ ) ].
• Press [^] [2].
• Press [ENTER] to complete the calculation.

NOTE: Since the handheld evalutes the negate symbol as multiplying the value by (-1), and exponents come before multiplication using the Order of Operations, the handheld will evaluate -22 as (-4). Thus, negative values will need to be enclosed in parentheses to compute the desired solution of 4.

nth Roots

To find the nth root of a number, use the nth root command (x√). To input the nth root command, press [MATH] [5].

Example: Find the 5th root of 16807.

• Press [5].
• Press [MATH] [5].

• Press [1] [6] [8] [0] [7].
• Press [ENTER] to complete the calculation.

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