Calculator Tutorial Calculus

Calculator Help for Calculus

It is important to become familiar with your calculator prior to the AP Exam. The AP Exam is a timed test and you will not have time to learn how to use your calculator then. Keep in mind that you are allowed to have Two Calculators on the calculator active portion of your Exam. I recommend that you use your TI-83/84 for the simpler operations and your TI-89 or TI-Nspire CAS for the more complex operations.

You are also allowed to have programs installed on your calculator. I recommend that you have the most up-to-date Operating System installed. For the TI-89 update here and for the TI-Nspire Cas update here.  You can find all kinds of helpful program to install on your device. For starters you can look here for the TI-89.

Note: Programs are not needed to score well on the AP Exam!

Manuals for Using the TI-84

Manuals for Using the TI-89

TI-Nspire CAS Reference Guide

TI-Nspire CAS Manual (From another High School)

Using the TI-89 (Video Tutorials)

Algebra Concepts

Solving One-Variable Equations

Factoring Polynomials

Expanding Factors

Graphing Functions

Table of Values

Finding Zeros from Graph

Finding Intersection Points

Finding Max and Min


Finding Limits

Finding Derivatives (1st and higher order)

Finding the Equation of a Tangent Line

Derivative Value at a Point

Implicit Derivative

Integration: Indefinite, Definite, and Area

Solving General Solution Differential Equations

Solving Differential Equations with Particular Solutions

Graphing Slope Fields and Plot a Curve through a Point

Using the Ti-Nspire CX CAS (Video Tutorials)

Algebra Concepts

Factor and Expanding Polynomials

Finding Zeros from a Graph

Finding Max/Mins

Solve one-variable equations

Finding Intersections of Graphs



Overview of Using the Ti-Nspire CAS for Calculus


Finding Limits Graphically

Finding Limits using a Table

Calculating Limits

One-sided limits



Finding the Derivative

Finding the Derivative at a Point

Graphing a Function an its Derivative

Saving Functions and Derivatives to Graph

Finding the Equation of a Tangent Line

Implicit Differentation


Indefinite Integration

Definite Integration

Definite Integration Graphically

Area Between Curves

Differential Equations

Solving Differential Equations

Graphing Slope Fields and Particular Solutions