Module 2  Computer Algebra  
Introduction  Lesson 1  Lesson 2  Lesson 3  SelfTest  
Lesson 2.2: Variables  
In this lesson, you will learn to define and delete variables. It is important to know the difference between a defined and an undefined variable when working with algebraic expressions. The "New Problem" Command The Clean Up toolbar menu on the Home screen contains the "New Problem" command, which lets you start a new calculation from a cleared state without resetting the calculator's memory.
The Home screen is cleared and all expressions and variables with oneletter names are deleted from memory, that is, "New Problem" undefines all oneletter variables.
Simplifying Expressions The computer algebra system simplifies the result of an expression that contains undefined variables.
The variable x is undefined, so the calculator combines like terms and displays the result of 8x. The With Command The "with" command, which is accessed by pressing in the left column of keys, can be used to evaluate an expression for a specific value of a variable without storing the value into the variable permanently. Evaluate 3x + 5x with x = 2 by using the "with" command. With the expression 3x + 5x in the Edit line,
The variable x is temporarily defined to be 2 in the expression 3x + 5x but will be undefined in future entries. Copying from the History Area When working with complicated expressions and equations, you need only enter the expression once. You can then copy it from the History Area instead of retyping the entry. To copy the expression 3x + 5x from the History Area and paste it to the Edit Line,
Notice that the value of the variable x is no longer 2. Storing a Value into a Variable Sometimes it will be convenient to define a variable to be a specific value. Define x to be 2 for future calculations by using the key.
Alternatively, you can use [1:Define] to define x to be 2. The result was calculated as 3(2) + 5(2) because x is defined to be 2. The value of x will be 2 in all future calculations until a new value is stored in x or until the variable x is undefined. Undefining a Variable You can delete the value stored in a variable by using the DelVar command, which is found in the F4 menu of the Home screen. This command undefines a variable.
Now x is undefined and contains no value. Evaluate 3x + 5x again to see that the result is 8x. The variable x would also become undefined if the NewProb command was used. 2.2.1 Evaluate the expression 2x^{2} – 3x with x = 5b. Click here for the answer. 

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