Fractions Linear functions Linear equations Linear regression

The objective of this activity is introduce the NumWorks graphing calculator.

This year we will be using the NumWorks graphing calculator in our math class! This activity will help you get to know the calculator and some of the features we will be using in this class.

Before we get started, let's take a closer look at the keyboard. You'll see it is arranged into three different zones.

In the bottom section, you will find basic operations and the number pad. Notice that there is only one minus key. Here you will also find the ** Ans** key which allows you to use the most recent result in your calculations. To compute a calculation, press the

In the middle section, you will find some advanced functions and commonly used values. What keys do you recognize in this section?

In the top row of the Advanced Functions section, you will find the ** shift** key which gives you access to the yellow option of each key. The

The top section is the Navigation Zone where you have arrow keys to navigate the screen, the ** OK** key to make selections and a

Navigate around the home screen. How many applications are there?

The NumWorks calculator is app-based, just like a phone. That means you will open different applications based on the task you are completing. Let's dive into some of the apps to see what they do!

The **Calculation** application is where you will do all of your... calculations!

Navigate to the Calculation application and open it by pressing ** OK**.

- Let's add some fractions! By hand, add $\frac{1}{6}+\frac{1}{2}$.
- Check your work by using the calculator. What do you notice about your answer?
- Use your calculator to subtract $\frac{9}{5}-\frac{4}{10}$.
- How do the results of the last two calculations differ?
- Navigate up into the
*calculation history*and click on the three dots on the right side of the screen to view the*additional results*. What additional results are provided for this calculation? - Return to the editing bar and open the
**Toolbox**. Navigate through the Toolbox and list any functions that you know.

$\frac{1}{6}+\frac{1}{2}$

$=\frac{1}{6}+\frac{3}{6}$

$=\frac{4}{6}$

$=\frac{2}{3}$

To input $\frac{1}{6}$, press the ** one** key followed by the

The calculator provides both the simplified fraction and decimal approximation.

For the first calculation, the decimal result was an approximation and the "approximately equal to" symbol was used. In the second calculation, the decimal result was exact and the "equal to" symbol was used.

Use the ** up arrow** key to navigate into your

The additional results for $\frac{7}{5}$ include the mixed fraction and Euclidean division representations.

Press the ** Back** key until you return to the editing bar. Open the

Student responses will vary.

Graphing relations and functions is simple within the **Grapher** application.

Our goal will be to graph the linear equation $y=3x+5$, look at its features and view the table.

Notice that there are three tabs at the top of the screen: **Expressions**, **Graph** and **Table**.

The **Expressions** tab is where you will enter your equation.

- Press
to*OK***Add an element**and select the "Empty" template. - Enter the equation $y=3x+5$.
To enter the equation $y=3x+5$, first press the

key and then*alpha*. This will input a $y$. To add the $=$ sign, press*three*and then*shift*. Remember, you can use the*pi*to input $x$.*xnt*

The **Graph** tab will plot the graphs of your equations and functions and provide tools for exploring key characteristics.

- View the graph. The
**auto**zoom generally provides a window that you will find useful.To view the graph, either navigate down to

**Plot graph**or up and over to the**Graph**tab and press.*OK* - Press the
and*plus*keys to zoom in and out.*minus* - Navigate to $x=-2$. What is the value of $y$?
Use the

and*left*keys to trace the line.*right*When $x=-2$, $y=-1$.

- What is the value of $y$ when $x=4$?
Press the

key followed by*four*as a shortcut to quickly navigate to $x=4$.*OK*When $x=4$, $y=17$.

- Open the
**Calculate**menu. Then open the**Find**menu. This menu provides tools for finding key characteristics of our graph. Use the**Inverse image**option to determine the value of $x$ when $y=10.$When $y=10$, $x=1.667$.

The **Table** tab provides a table of points for your function.

- Open the
**Table**tab. - The table displays the $x$ and $y$ values for $x=0$ through $x=10$. Copy down the values of $y$ in the table below.
x 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 y x 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 y 5 8 11 14 17 20 23 26 29 32 35 - What is the value of $y$ when $x=100$?
Highlight any of the current x-values and type $100$. Press

. You will now see the value of $y$ in the table.*EXE*When $x=100$, $y=305$.

Now let's head to the **Solver** application to solve equations and systems of linear equations.

We want to solve the equation: $4-3(x-2)=2-7x$.

- First, solve this equation by hand.
$4-3(x-2)=2-7x$

$4-3x+6=2-7x$

$10-3x=2-7x$

$8=-4x$

$x=-2$

- Now check your work by using the calculator to solve.
Enter the

**Equations**section by pressing.*OK*Similar to the Grapher application, when you press

to*OK***Add equation**, you can either use an "Empty" template or one of the premade templates. Use the empty template and enter the equation $4-3(x-2)=2-7x$.Navigate down to

**Solve the equation**and press.*OK*The solution is $x=-2$.

Now, let's use our Equation solver to solve a system of linear equations.

- Return to the equation editor and delete the last equation. Enter the equations $-7x-6y=4$ and $x=-3y+8$.
- What is the solution to this system?
Navigate down to

**Solve the system**and press.*OK*The solution is $\left(-4,4\right)$.

Tip: Use and edit the $x+y=0$ template to enter the equation $-7x-6y=4$.

The **Regression** application plots scatterplots and provides the line of best fit.

Open the Regression application. The Regression app also has three tabs at the top of the screen: **Data**, **Graph** and **Stats**.

The table below shows the relationship between quiz scores (out of 20) and study time (in hours) for a few students in a class.

Study time (hours) | 1.5 | 3 | 2.25 | 1.75 | 0.5 | 3.25 | 1 | 0 | 2.75 |

Score (out of 20) | 15 | 19 | 17 | 16 | 8 | 20 | 12 | 4 | 19 |

- On the
**Data**tab, enter the values of "Study time" into the**X1**column and the values of "Score" into the**Y1**column. - Select the
**Graph**tab to view the scatterplot. - Navigate through the data points. Notice that the values of $x$ and $y$ appear in the bottom banner.
- How would you describe the relationship between Study time and Score?
There appears to be a positive, linear relationship. The more time a student studies, the higher their quiz score is.

Let's find the line of best fit.

- While viewing the scatterplot on the
**Graph**tab, pressto open the list of regression models and select*OK***Linear**. - Navigate through the data points and onto the line of best fit. What is the regression equation (round to the nearest hundredth)?
- Find the equation of the line of best fit in the
**Regression**menu.Press the

key to open the Regression menu and find the equation of the line.*Toolbox*

Use the ** left** and

The equation of the line of best fit is $\hat{y}=4.65x+6.18$

We can use the equation of the line to make predictions for scores based on other study times.

- While in the
**Regression**menu, select**Predict Y given X**. - Predict the quiz score for a student who studied for 2 hours.
Enter $2$ for $x$.

A student who studies for 2 hours is predicted to score a 15.48 on average.

- Return to the Regression menu and select
**Find X given predicted Y**.Use the

key to return the the Regression menu.*back* - Determine how many hours of studying a student would need in order to earn a score of 18 on the quiz.
Enter $18$ for $y$.

It is predicted that to earn an 18, a student must study for 2.54 hours, on average.

The **Stats** tab provides summary statistics for our dataset.

- Navigate to the
**Stats**tab and find the row**Mean $\bar{x}$**. This reports the mean or average for X1 and Y1. - What is the average amount of time these students studied (round to the nearest hundredth)?
The average amount of time studied by these students is 1.78 hours.

- What is the average quiz score for these students (round to the nearest hundredth)?
The average score made by these students is 14.44.

There's a lot more you can do on the NumWorks calculator! Keep exploring the applications and check out the short tutorials at num.works/tutorials.