The following pages contain some instructions on the usage of the TI-83/83
Plus

graphing calculator.

The example used below is taken out of the text titled “College Algebra -
Enhanced with

Graphing Utilities, 3rd Edition” by Sullivan and Sullivan, III.

**Example#3 Solving a System of Linear Equations p. 515:** Solve the
following system of

equations.

2x + y = 5 (1)

− 4x + 6y =12 (2)

First, each equation in the above system must be solved for y (i.e., written
in slope-intercept

form) before it can be entered into function Editor
.
Hence, the system of

equations to be entered into the graphing calculator becomes:

Press
to go into the function Editor menu. If you have any previously entered

functions showing up on the function editor menu, press
to move the cursor down by

that function, and press
delete it.

While the blinking cursor is by \**Y _{1}** =, start entering the expression − 2x + 5
, which is the

right side of the first equation. Press . Type in 2. Press for the generic input

variable x. Press . Type in 5. At this point, your screen should look like the screen on

the left given below.

Press to move the
cursor down by \**Y**_{2} =. Start entering the expression
which

is the right side of the second equation. Press
Type in 2. Press
Type in 3. Press

. Press
for the generic input variable x. Press .
Type in 2. At this point,

your screen should look like the screen on the right given above.

The solution of this system of linear equations is the
same as the points of intersection of

the graphs of the equations, which have been entered into the \**Y1** = and \**Y2**
= locations of

the function editor, respectively. Press
to type in the following WINDOW

settings, which are given on the left below. Press
see the two graphs. At this

point, your screen should look like the screen on the right given below.

From the graph on the right above, there appears to be a
point of intersection of these two

graphs, which means the system is consistent and the equations are independent.

Press and
to access the CALC menu. At this point, your screen should

look like the screen on the left given below.

Press four times to
move the cursor down to **5:intersect **and press
to select

this option from the CALCULATE menu. At this point, your screen should look like
the

screen on the right given above with the calculator prompting you for the First
Curve?.

Be sure that the blinking trace cursor is on the first graph, which is indicated
by a small 1

showing up in the upper-right corner. Press
to confirm. At this point, your screen

should look like the screen on the left given below with the calculator
prompting you for

the Second Curve?.

Be sure that the blinking trace cursor is on the second
graph, which is indicated by a

small 2 showing up in the upper-right corner. Press
to confirm. At this point,

your screen should look like the screen on the right given above with the
calculator

prompting you for a Guess? value for the point of intersection of the two
graphs. Type in

1 for a guess value of the point of intersection. At this point, your screen
should look like

the screen on the left given below. Press to
see that the location of the

intersection point of these two graphs. At this point, your screen should look
like the

screen on the right given below.

The intersection point of these two graphs or the solution
of this linear system of

equations is obtained as (1.125, 2.75).