Ch 7: Saxon Calculus: Graphing Calculator

About This Chapter

The Graphing Calculator chapter of this Saxon Calculus Companion Course aligns with the same chapter in the Saxon Calculus textbook. These simple and fun video lessons are about five minutes long and help you learn the essential lessons about the features and functions of a graphing calculator and how to use them.

How It Works:

  • Find the lesson within this chapter that corresponds to what you're studying in the Graphing Calculator chapter of your textbook.
  • Watch fun videos that cover the calculus concepts you need to learn or review.
  • Complete the quiz after watching each video lesson to test your understanding.
  • If you need additional help, rewatch the videos until you've mastered the material, or submit a question for one of our instructors.

Chapter Topics

You'll learn all of the calculus topics covered in the textbook chapter, including:

  • Graphing calculator: functions and features
  • Evaluating, working with and graphing functions
  • How to find zeros of functions and polynomials
  • How to use a graphing calculator to evaluate exponentials and logarithms
  • Graphing sequences, conics and parametric and polar equations
  • How to approximate limits, slopes of curves and definite integrators
  • Using a graphing calculator to find local extrema

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9 Lessons in Chapter 7: Saxon Calculus: Graphing Calculator
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Basic Features & Functions of a Graphing Calculator

1. Basic Features & Functions of a Graphing Calculator

This lesson goes over some of the basic features and functions of a graphing calculator: graphing, finding intersections, zooming, and solving equations.

How to Evaluate & Graph Functions on a Graphing Calculator

2. How to Evaluate & Graph Functions on a Graphing Calculator

This lesson will teach you how to use a graphing calculator to evaluate a function at a given value and how to graph a function. It will also give you some trouble-shooting tips for these tasks.

Working With Functions on a Graphing Calculator

3. Working With Functions on a Graphing Calculator

The scientific calculator is a great tool in both increasing the accuracy and speed at which one can practice a plethora of mathematical operations. In this lesson, we seek to find the intersection points of two functions: y = x^2 and y = 2x using the Texas Instruments TI-84 Scientific / Graphing Calculator.

Finding Zeros of Functions & Polynomials on a Graphing Calculator

4. Finding Zeros of Functions & Polynomials on a Graphing Calculator

When a function or polynomial is graphed on a x,y coordinate grid, it could possibly cross the x-axis. The point(s) at which the graph and the x-axis intersect are called zeros. Graphing calculators have functions that allow you to find the locations of these points if they exist.

Evaluating Exponentials & Logarithms on a Graphing Calculator

5. Evaluating Exponentials & Logarithms on a Graphing Calculator

A graphing calculator is an advanced calculator that can evaluate simple and complex mathematical expressions including exponentials and logarithms. Let's look at the steps needed to evaluate these expressions.

Approximating Limits on a Graphing Calculator

6. Approximating Limits on a Graphing Calculator

Using a graphing calculator can make it a much faster and easier process to find the limit of a function, especially if the function is complex. This lesson will review two ways to approximate limits using a Texas Instruments TI-84.

Approximating Slopes of Curves on a Graphing Calculator

7. Approximating Slopes of Curves on a Graphing Calculator

The scientific calculator -specifically the Texas Instrument TI-84 graphing calculator- is a tool, which can increase the efficiency at which one can perform a wide variety of mathematical operations. One such operation that is made easy with this tool is the approximation of slope (or gradient).

Approximating Definite Integrals on a Graphing Calculator

8. Approximating Definite Integrals on a Graphing Calculator

Many definite integrals can be either too tedious or complex to solve for by hand. As a result graphing calculator technology has bridged the gap. With the use of the Texas Instruments (TI-83/84), such finite integrals can be approximated to a small fraction of a decimal.

Finding Local Extrema on a Graphing Calculator

9. Finding Local Extrema on a Graphing Calculator

Many applications of calculus require that you find the maximum or minimum of a function. When these are found over a given interval they are called local extrema. A graphing calculator can find these extrema for you with the push of a couple buttons.

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