How to Store Variables on the TI-83 Plus - dummies

How to Store Variables on the TI-83 Plus

By C. C. Edwards

If you plan to use the same number many times when evaluating arithmetic expressions with the TI-83 Plus, consider storing that number in a variable. To do so, follow these steps:

  1. If necessary, press [2nd][MODE] to enter the Home screen.

  2. Enter the number you want to store in a variable.

    You can store the number as an arithmetic expression. This is illustrated in the first picture. After you complete the steps for storing the number, the calculator evaluates that expression.

  3. Press

    The storage key on a TI-83 calculator.

    The result of this action is shown in the first picture.

  4. Press [ALPHA] and then press the key corresponding to the letter of the variable in which you want to store the number.

    The second picture shows this process. The letters used for storing variables are the letters of the alphabet and the Greek letter

    The Greek letter theta.

  5. Press [ENTER] to store the value.

    This is illustrated in the third picture.

    Illustrations of the process of storing variables on the TI-83 calculator

The number you store in a variable remains stored in that variable until you or the calculator stores a new number in that variable. Because the calculator uses the letters X, T, and

The letter theta

when graphing functions, parametric equations, and polar equations, it is possible that the calculator will change the value stored in these variables when the calculator is in graphing mode. For example, if you store a number in the variable X and then ask the calculator to find the zero of the graphed function X2, the calculator will replace the number stored in X with 0, the zero of X2.

So avoid storing values in these three variables if you want that value to remain stored in that variable after you have graphed functions, parametric equations, or polar equations.

After you have stored a number in a variable, you can insert that number into an arithmetic expression. To do so, place the cursor where you want the number to appear, press [ALPHA], and then press the key corresponding to the letter of the variable in which the number is stored.

Replacing a variable with a stored value.