Three Applications to Turn Your TI-83+ or TI-84+ into a TI-89

Filed under Algebra, Calculus, Difficulty: Medium, TI-83 Plus, TI-84 Plus.

The TI-89 series of calculators is packed with features that, unfortunately, are lacking in the TI-83+ and TI-84+. This tutorial will show you how to install and use three applications to add 3D graphing, symbolic differentiation, simplifying equations, and pretty-print to your TI-83+ or TI-84+.

3D Graphing

To enable 3D graphing you must first download Graph³, which is available here, and upload it to your calculator.
Press APPS to go to the Applications menu and select Graph3 from the list. Press ENTER to confirm.
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The application will start and automatically install. Press any key to continue.
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You can now press Y= Y= to get to the Graph³ menu. Select option 3:3D, and press ENTER.
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You will then be taken to the Z= screen where you can enter the equation of your graph.
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The equation by default is a function of X and Y. You can change the graphing settings by pressing WINDOW, but for now just push GRAPH to display the 3D graph.
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From here you cause use the arrow buttons to rotate the graph, press GRAPH to toggle shading vs. wireframe view, and press TRACE to view points on the graph with your cursor. Press 2nd MODE to exit. To uninstall, run the Graph3 application again. Usually a reinstall fixes any errors.

Symbolic Math

To enable basic symbolic math capabilities, download Symbolic, which is available here, and upload it to your calculator.
Press APPS to go to the Applications menu and select Symbolic from the list. Press ENTER to confirm.
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Press ENTER to install, and then exit the application.
From the home screen, the Symbolic menu can be accessed by pressing MATH MATH. The first page contains expanded trigonometric functions.
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Press > to access the calculus menu. There are two functions here, derivative and arc length. The syntax for derivative is d(“function”,”variable”). The syntax for arc length is arclength(“function”,”variable”,start,end).
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From the calculus screen, press > again to get to the algebra screen. Press 1 to select the “simp” function. This function simplifies fractions and simple algebraic expressions. The default argument is just a string.
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To uninstall the these functions, run the Symbolic application again and select “Uninstall.”

Pretty-Print Support

To add pretty-print support, download the PrettyPrint app here, and upload it to your calculator.
There are actually two ways to use this application, the first of which is to run it from the PrettyPt shell. To do this, press APPS to go to the Applications menu and select PrettyPt from the list. Press ENTER to confirm.
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This brings up a main console where you can type in expressions and they will be rendered as you type. The application also supports basic cut-paste support.
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The second way to use PrettyPrint is to use its integration with Symbolic. Press MATH MATH > > to get to the Symbolic algebra menu. 6:pretty( is the bottom option on this list.
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This function will process and print a string to your graph screen in pretty print format.
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To use it enter your expression in quotes and press ENTER. Press GRAPH to confirm.
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13 Responses to Three Applications to Turn Your TI-83+ or TI-84+ into a TI-89

  1. Trip47

    Is there any way to do polar graphing in 3d?

    • calcblog

      When in 3D graphing mode, press 2nd ZOOM and select PolarGC to get polar coordinates on your graph. Unfortunately, there is no way to enter equations in polar or spherical coordinates.

  2. lkm32

    Thanks for the great article, but my brand new ti-83+ does not allow for any app to be transferred because the ti connect software keeps insisting that the device memory is full (its not). Any help?

    • calcblog

      My guess is that your TI-83+ already has too many applications on it–you can also delete programs/apps using TI-Connect, so maybe try that first.

  3. bob

    I got graph3 but Do you know how to get the zoom options back when making a 2d graph?

    • bob

      Reply Please? at least say you dont know how…

    • Jean b

      can’t you just get back to 2-d graphing mode by pressing 2nd quit? This works fine for me. If you’re still having problems try uninstalling and reinstalling (?)

  4. Bob

    Whenever I go to “calc” and then down to the “d” and click on it, it shows up as “…” on my screen and won’t let me derive. Please HELP!

    • Infoquake-AGMM

      The three consecutive dots represent a d followed by a parenthesis. For example, if you want to derive 2x+3x with respect to x, you should write the following:

      …”2x+3x”,”x”)

      That is the same as d(“2x+3x”,”x”)

  5. Mark

    Error message received when trying to send each app to my calculator. Help? I have a TI-84 Plus C Silver Edition

  6. Matt

    “Whenever I go to “calc” and then down to the “d” and click on it, it shows up as “…” on my screen and won’t let me derive. Please HELP!”

    Same here… Can anyone help us?

  7. jurrian

    I’ve got the same problem as Bob, is suspect it’s a newer version of symbolic.. But it doesn’t work !

  8. Gerard Bekkinf

    I loaded these apps in my ti84 plus silver edition and the Symbolic app´s calculus function´s both don´t work. When I select them they don´t appear in de screen (no cursor change or d appeareing

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