# The Ultimate TI Calculator FAQ - Math, Science, and Educational Uses

by Patrick Davidson ( pad@ocf.berkeley.edu) -
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- How can I learn to use the math features of my calculator?
- The only root key I see is a square root. How can I calculate a cube (or other) root?
- Where can I get math and science programs for my calculator?
- Can you help me use my calculator to cheat on tests?

#### How can I learn to use the math features of my calculator?

The calculator's manual explains these features in detail. If your
school acutally encourages the use of calculators, then you could always
ask your instructors how to use the calculator.
In addition, Ray Kremer's FAQ lists
various tips regarding math functions of the calculator.

If you are having difficulty using the calculator for math, it might
help to try thinking about the math problem in a different way rather than
wondering about the calculator.

#### The only root key I see is a square root. How can I calculate a cube (or other) root?

This question is actually a perfect example of what I mentioned in the last question.
Computing the nth root of a number is the same as raising the number to the (1/n) power.
So, if you need to find the 3rd (cube) root of 125, for example, you would type "125^(1/3)".

#### Where can I get math and science programs for my calculator?

There is no one single source for such programs, but you could try the following sites:

- TI's official website - This has an archive
with math and science programs. This is also the place to obtain flash applications to
add math and science functionality (some of these require payment).
- Ray Kremer's FAQ - This includes a links section
which lists various web sites carrying math programs. I think this is probably a fairly
good list though I haven't checked it extensively.
- ticalc.org - This is a generic
calculator archive site, and it
not heavily focused on educational uses. It does nonetheless contain many
math programs, especially in the basic section, although many of them are
rather primitive (quadratic formula solvers and the like).

Note, however, that the built-in math features of the calculator usually do much more than
these programs. In many cases, the things that you might want a program to do (and which
many programs have been written to do) could easily be done by hand or by using one or two of
the built-in operations the calculator does. Most of the truly advanced math and science
programs are on the TI-89/92/92+, though a few useful ones are available for the others (many
of those under development are 83+ flash applications).

#### Can you help me use my calculator to cheat on tests?

Of course not! Shame on you for even thinking such a thing!