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# My TI-84 Plus graphing feature is connecting my trig functions across the asymptote. How do I make it stop doing this?

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Press MODE and change "Connected" to "Dot".

Alternatively, you can change the style for individual graphs. In the Y= screen, move to the line then press left-arrow to move past the = sign, then press ENTER repeatedly to cycle through the different graph styles.

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I have answered this question multiple times. I have no idea why you calculator refuses to allow you to choose more graph styles. Maybe you should reset it by clearing the RAM.
Concerning the connected asymptotes.
In truth your function has one aymptote namely the straight line x=2 but your graph has two asymptotic branches, one tends towards -infinity, the other toward + infinity. That they seem connected is an illusion due to the finite resolution of the screen. This is made worse if you select a connected graph instead of a dotted one. I am enclosing a screen capture of the graph for the same function, drawn on a calculator with better resolution.

This clarification being given, it remains that you still have a problem since you cannot choose other styles. Do try to reset the RAM, and choose dotted graphs. If that does not work, maybe you should update the OS or reinstall it from education.ti.com.
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Put the calculator in radian mode and it will graph trig functions just fine. If you don't know how to change it to radians, then go to mode and cursor over to select radians. I am assuming you know where the sine, cosine, tangent, etc. keys are.

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