Calculator Resources


Learning to use technology, especially a graphing calculator, effectively and efficiently is an important part of both calculus and statistics.

Below are some of the programs we willl be using in class, as well as links to external sites about programming with the TI-89 calculator. In order to load these or any other programs onto your calculator, you must first download and install the TI Connect program from the Texas Instruments site listed below.

If you think a great link isn't included on this list, or a link is broken, please feel free to contact me at daniel at shadock dot org.

TI-89 Program Downloads

Statistics with List Editor This Texas Instruments program comes preloaded on your calculator, but just in case your calculator has it's memory reset, here it is. This program is necessary for AP Statistics.
Calculus Programs Zip This links to a zip file with 12 different programs we will be working with this year. Screen shots of the programs are available on Dr. Selwyn Hollis' website.
Slope Field Generator This and the next few programs were created by Dr. Krawczyk at the University of Arizona. This one allows you generate a slope field on your calculator from a differential equation. Remember, this is helpful for seeing a large slope field, but the AP exam does not allow calculator use on these questions.
Euler's Method Another Dr. Krawczyk program which plots graphical approximation of a function given the differential equation and an initial point. Remember, this is helpful for checking answers, but the AP exam does not allow calculator use on these questions.
Taylor Polynomial Yet another Dr. Krawczyk program which evaluates a Taylor polynomial of degree n (Pn(x)) at a point x. It also compares that value to the corresponding function value, f(x).

External Resources

Texas Instruments Education This is a link to the Texas Instruments education website. It contains operating system updates, electronic copies of the calculator guidebooks, and several free software downloads.
Mathematical Software Library TI89/92 This outstanding site contains a library of programs for TI-89/92 calculator broken down by course. We will be using several of the single variable programs in class.
Unofficial TI Calculator Library Unofficial programs for every Texas Instruments calculator ever released. Site has been around since 1996, and is a great resource for calculator programming. The list of calculus programs is extensive with some more useful than others.
University of Arizona Calculator Programs Calculus programs for a number of different calculators as well as a brief introduction to programming with them. Created by Donna Krawczyk at the University of Arizona.

Creating mathematical documents

I do not claim to be an expert, but here is the information I have on the subject.

MathType: This software works with all versions of Microsoft Word and is excellent, however, it has a graphical interface only, so you can't quickly and efficiently type math formulas. The output is great, but slow to enter. It also has difficulty with large amounts of math on a doc (i.e. locks up the computer). This has zero learning curve.

Design Science: MathType This is a link to the MathType website which does have a 30 day trial option.

Microsoft Word 2010: This has both a graphical interface and shortcuts for quickly typing math text. This seems to have the best of both worlds, but as the document size increases, so does the probability of the computer locking up. I often use this program for small documents due to its convenience.

Microsoft Word 2010 Math Shortcuts Reference guide to many of the most used shortcuts.

LaTeX: LaTeX is a high-quality typesetting system; it includes features designed for the production of technical and scientific documentation. LaTeX is the de facto standard for the communication and publication of scientific documents.

It is not a word processor, so I use it with LyX which is a word processor. LyX does not show how things look until you compile it, generally as a pdf. Another disadvantage is that it is not compatable with Microsoft Word, though there is a program which will allow that. File sizes are very small and the output is exceptionally professional. Fairly large learning curve, but will save time in the long run.

Both LaTeX and LyX are freeware, so they are worth checking out.

Andy Robert's Latex Guide An overview of what LaTeX is and is not. This is a good starting point to using LaTeX.
LaTeX Document Preparation System This is the LaTeX project site, which has tons of great info, as well as where you can download LaTeX.
LyX Document Processor This program is essentially the front end word processor for LaTeX. I would find it impossible to use LaTeX with out this or a similar program. You can download LyX here.
Comprehensice LaTeX Symbol Guide (A4) This is an essential guide to most, if not all, of the LaTeX symbols (Letter). Print this out and keep it handy to cut down on frustration.