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Using a Calculator Level 3

Questions to test your ability to use a basic calculator, scientific calculator and a graphic display calculator.

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GDC Essentials

If you have a TI-Nspire CX calculator (GDC) you will probably be interested in 20 essential skills, beyond the basics, put together in a 'learn a skill a day' presentation called GCD Essentials.

This is level 3; Using a graphic display calculator. The questions provide practice using a calculator to obtain results accurately. You can earn a trophy if you get at least 9 questions correct.

1. Find the cube root of 36594.368 Correct Wrong
2. Use your calculator's equation solving function to find the largest root of the equation 3x² + 8x + 4 = 0 giving your answer to two decimal places. Correct Wrong
3. Enter the following matrix into your calculator:
Use the calculator function to find the determinant of the matrix.
Correct Wrong
4. Draw the graphs of y = x² and y = 2x on your calculator. Find, to three significant figures, the x-coordinate of the leftmost point of intersection.
Two Graphs
Correct Wrong
5. Find the y-coordinate of the local maximum of the function f(x) = x3 - 7x2 + 3x + 3 giving your answer to two decimal places. Correct Wrong
6. Enter the following data into your calculator then use the built in function to find the (population) standard deviation giving your answer to two decimal places. 4, 7, 12, 13, 18, 23, 28, 30, 32. Correct Wrong
7. Enter the following two lists into your calculator then use the built in function to find the (population) standard deviation giving your answer to two decimal places.
Correct Wrong
8. Use the calculator app for solving simultaneous equations to find the value of x from the following:
8.3x + 5.4y = 94.23
8.2x + 7y = 101.42
Correct Wrong
9. Use the calculator app to find the value of x from the following simultaneous equations:
8x + 8y + 3z = 133.8
3x + 8y + 7z = 121.4
3x + 9y + 9z = 140.1
Correct Wrong
10. In a clinical trial volunteers are testing a new medicine. Here are the results
ImprovedNo ImprovementTotal
Given medicine7187158
Not given medicine7790167

Find chi-squared(χ²) to three decimal places.
Correct Wrong
11. A lawyer invests her savings of $57000 in an account that pays 5% p.a. compounded monthly. How much interest will she earn in 7 months? $ Correct Wrong
12. Find the gradient of the least squares regression line fitting the following data points:
(73, 70), (15, 21), (69, 77), (29, 17), (49, 46), (14, 11), (43, 26), (68, 77), (44, 43), (41, 39), (69, 48), (66, 64).
Give your answer to two decimal places.
Correct Wrong

This is Graphic display calculator. You can also try:
BIDMAS Calculator Workout Basic calculator Scientific calculator


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Thursday, June 13, 2019

"I have just noticed something I hadn’t realised about the Windows calculator. When running in standard mode it operates LTR (2+3x5=25) while in scientific mode it obeys the normal order of operations (2+3x5=17). Worth knowing when learning about BIDMAS or PEMDAS

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Sunday, June 16, 2019

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Description of Levels

BIDMAS - Learn about the order of operations.

Calculator Workout - Examples of all the major calculator operations.



Level 1 - Basic calculator quiz.

Level 2 - Scientific calculator quiz.

Level 3 - Graphic display calculator quiz.

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Click on a link below to see an example and an animated key-press diagram of a calculator.

Skill 1: Basic Operations e.g. Calculate the value of \(9+4−7\)

Skill 2: Using Brackets e.g. Calculate the value of \(5(9-4)\)

Skill 3: Percentage of a quantity e.g. What is \(24% of 1800\)?

Skill 4: One quantity as a percentage of another e.g. What is \(45\) as a percentage of \(150\)?

Skill 5: Squares and square roots e.g. Calculate the value of \(\sqrt{5^2 + 12^2}\)

Skill 6: Indices e.g. \((3^3 + 2^4)^2\)

Skill 7: Cube roots e.g. Find the value of \( \sqrt[3]{27} \)

Skill 8: Standard Form e.g. Express \(236731\) in standard form correct to 3 significant figures.

Skill 9: Areas of circles e.g. [Give all answers correct to three significant figures]. e.g. Find the area of a circle with a radius of 9cm.

Skill 10: Fraction calculations e.g. Find the value of \( 3\frac13 + 2\frac25 \)

Skill 11: Trigonometry e.g. Evaluate \(21 \sin34°\) to three significant figures 1.

Skill 12: Degrees (or Hours), Minutes and Seconds e.g. Convert the angle 16°35'40" to its decimal equivalent.

Skill 13: Using Variables e.g. If \(A = 1.62\), \(B = 9.87\) and \(C = 5.62\)
evaluate \(AB+BC−AC\).

Skill 14: Combinations e.g. How many different groups of 3 can be selected from 8?

Skill 15: Permutations e.g. In how many different ways could 1st, 2nd and 3rd place prizes can be awarded to 3 of 8 competitors?

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