I could have sworn that 2 days ago when I entered (-x)^2 i got x. Now when I enter the same thing I get 100. How do I fix this?

Hello,

I do not know how you could have obtained the first result: The only possibility is that your X has been assigned a value of 1. Even if it was the case, the calculculator shown on the left (TI83PLUS SILVER Edition) does not do symbolic algebra.

For the second case, I suspect some way or other, the variable X store a value of 10. When you enter (-X)^2 the calculator retrieves the value stored in the variable X and performs the calculation, which does yield 100.

Note: to store a value in one of the 26 variables (letters) you proceed as follow

10 STO-> ALPHA X

The screen displays 10->X

When you press ENTER it displays 10.0..

To recall a value stored in the X variable you type

2ND RCL ALPHA X.

Hope it clarifies the question.

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Posted on Jan 02, 2017

The position of the exponent in trig functions is an anomaly in mathematical notation. While the square of sin x is commonly written as

sin^2(x) ,

the square of any other function is written as f(x) ^2 . For example, you wouldn't write ln^2(2) if you mean the square of the natural logarithm of 2, instead you write it as ln(2)^2 or (ln(2))^2 .

The calculator works the same way. To calculate the square of the sine of 3, for example, press

SIN 3 ) ^ 2 ENTER

sin^2(x) ,

the square of any other function is written as f(x) ^2 . For example, you wouldn't write ln^2(2) if you mean the square of the natural logarithm of 2, instead you write it as ln(2)^2 or (ln(2))^2 .

The calculator works the same way. To calculate the square of the sine of 3, for example, press

SIN 3 ) ^ 2 ENTER

Nov 18, 2011 | Texas Instruments Office Equipment &...

No, you're not squaring a negative number, you're negating a square. When you press (-) 4 ^ 2 ENTER , the calculator is calculating -(4^2). 4^2 is 16, and the negative of that is -16. What you want to do is to calculate (-4)^2 by pressing ( (-) 4 ) ^ 2 ENTER .

Jul 11, 2011 | Texas Instruments TI-83 Plus Calculator

Option 1: Find the button that looks like "" and then type "110.5" in the parenthesis. Hit enter.

Visual: ?(110.5)

Option 2: Set "110.5" to the "1/2" using the " ^ " button. Hit enter.

Visual: 110.5 ^ (1/2)

Visual: ?(110.5)

Option 2: Set "110.5" to the "1/2" using the " ^ " button. Hit enter.

Visual: 110.5 ^ (1/2)

Mar 15, 2011 | Texas Instruments TI-30XA Calculator

If you're pressing the keys

(-) 1 0 5 ^ 2 ENTER

then you're not squaring a negative number, you're negating a square. This sequence of keystrokes calculates -(105^2), and -11025 is the correct answer for this.

Since the ^ operator binds more tightly than the (-) operator, you need to tell the calculator you want to override the order of operations, just as you would if you wanted an addition done before a multiplication. Press

( (-) 1 0 5 ) ^ 2 ENTER and you will see the expected result.

(-) 1 0 5 ^ 2 ENTER

then you're not squaring a negative number, you're negating a square. This sequence of keystrokes calculates -(105^2), and -11025 is the correct answer for this.

Since the ^ operator binds more tightly than the (-) operator, you need to tell the calculator you want to override the order of operations, just as you would if you wanted an addition done before a multiplication. Press

( (-) 1 0 5 ) ^ 2 ENTER and you will see the expected result.

Jan 23, 2011 | Texas Instruments TI-83 Plus Calculator

Yes, your Ti 86 should solve square root problems. At the HOME screen press [CLEAR] [2nd] [x^2] which gives the (Square Root Symbol) to display at the Home screen. Then enter the number you want the square root of and close the bracket [ ) ] and, press the [ENTER] key.

You can even get the square root of complex numbers too. Select the correct complex format in the mode settings. For example: I'll do one in the rectangular form by enter a number as (a, b). I then will go to [2nd] [MODE] then [Arrow down] 3 times and make sure the RectC is highlighted and selected. Then quit out of the mode settings screen and enter [CLEAR] [2nd] [x^2] [ ( ] [9] [ , ] [ - ] [4] [ ) ] [ ) ] [ENTER], this displays the SQRT((9,-4)) equals (3, 2); The real part is 3 and the imaginary part 2.

You can even get the square root of complex numbers too. Select the correct complex format in the mode settings. For example: I'll do one in the rectangular form by enter a number as (a, b). I then will go to [2nd] [MODE] then [Arrow down] 3 times and make sure the RectC is highlighted and selected. Then quit out of the mode settings screen and enter [CLEAR] [2nd] [x^2] [ ( ] [9] [ , ] [ - ] [4] [ ) ] [ ) ] [ENTER], this displays the SQRT((9,-4)) equals (3, 2); The real part is 3 and the imaginary part 2.

Jan 09, 2011 | Texas Instruments TI-86 Calculator

Use parentheses. If you enter (-) 2 x^2, you're not squaring negative-two, but getting the negative of two-squared because the square operation binds tighter than negation. Enter the expression as ( (-) 2 ) x^2 to square negative-two.

Nov 17, 2010 | Texas Instruments TI-30X-IISTK Scientific...

Usually you do not use the prefix micro by itself, it must be followed by the name of a unit: 1 micrometer=10^-6 meter. This being said, you want to enter 100*10^-6 and raise it to power 2.

For this you can use the exponent rules.

In what follows, I will enter (10^-6)* 100 and square it. I will use the change sign (-) or [+/-] key

(-6) [2nd][10 to x] [*] 100 [=] [x^2] [=]

The first = calculates 100*10^(-6), the second [=] calculates the square of the number obtained after the first [=].

There are other ways that use parentheses to avoid ambiguities, but I think this is the safest one for you. Be warned that the result will most likely be displayed in scientific format, 1.00 -08 where the -08 will be raised with respect to the main level line. If not, the result will be 0.00000001

For this you can use the exponent rules.

- 100*10^-6=(10^2)*(10^-6)=10^(2-6)=10^-4; product of powers =>algebraic sum pf exponents
- (10^-4)^2=10^(-4*2) =10^(-8) ; power of power =>product of exponents.

In what follows, I will enter (10^-6)* 100 and square it. I will use the change sign (-) or [+/-] key

(-6) [2nd][10 to x] [*] 100 [=] [x^2] [=]

The first = calculates 100*10^(-6), the second [=] calculates the square of the number obtained after the first [=].

There are other ways that use parentheses to avoid ambiguities, but I think this is the safest one for you. Be warned that the result will most likely be displayed in scientific format, 1.00 -08 where the -08 will be raised with respect to the main level line. If not, the result will be 0.00000001

Feb 17, 2010 | Texas Instruments TI-30XA Calculator

Enclose any negative number between parentheses before squaring.

If you enter -4^2, where - is the negation, the result will be -16 because of the priority rules: exponentiation (power) has priority over negation.

If you enter (-4)^2 the result will be 16, because parentheses have priority over the squaring: the 4 is negated then the result is squared.

If you enter -4^2, where - is the negation, the result will be -16 because of the priority rules: exponentiation (power) has priority over negation.

If you enter (-4)^2 the result will be 16, because parentheses have priority over the squaring: the 4 is negated then the result is squared.

Dec 30, 2009 | Casio FX-300MS Calculator

If you want the answer in rectangular form, set MODE a+bi and tap ENTER and QUIT. Tap square root sign, tap (-)4 and close the parenthesis and tap ENTER. The answer is shown as 2i.

If you want the answer in polar form, set MODE to re^xi and and DEGREE. Tap ENTER and QUIT. Tap the square root sign, tap (-)4, close the parenthesis, and tap ENTER. The answer shown is 2e^90i. (2 at ninety degrees). If you selected RADIAN mode, the answer would be 2e^1.57i (2 at 1.57 radians; or 2 at pi/2 radians)

If you want the answer in polar form, set MODE to re^xi and and DEGREE. Tap ENTER and QUIT. Tap the square root sign, tap (-)4, close the parenthesis, and tap ENTER. The answer shown is 2e^90i. (2 at ninety degrees). If you selected RADIAN mode, the answer would be 2e^1.57i (2 at 1.57 radians; or 2 at pi/2 radians)

Mar 09, 2009 | Texas Instruments TI-86 Calculator

Hello,

The square root has a dedicated key sequence [2nd][V square root symbol]

Square root of 21.2846 is entered [2nd][V square root] 21.2846 [ENTER] .

The result is`4.614.

I suspect you want to calculate the 4th root of 21.2846. If it is the case you enter that as

21.2846 [^](1/4) =2.148

Square root can be also entered as [^](1/2)

Cube root is entered as [^] (1/3)

..

nth root is entered as [^](1/n)

Hope it helps.

The square root has a dedicated key sequence [2nd][V square root symbol]

Square root of 21.2846 is entered [2nd][V square root] 21.2846 [ENTER] .

The result is`4.614.

I suspect you want to calculate the 4th root of 21.2846. If it is the case you enter that as

21.2846 [^](1/4) =2.148

Square root can be also entered as [^](1/2)

Cube root is entered as [^] (1/3)

..

nth root is entered as [^](1/n)

Hope it helps.

Nov 19, 2008 | Texas Instruments TI-86 Calculator

Sep 06, 2009 | Texas Instruments TI-83 Plus Silver...

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