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Texas Instruments TI-Nspire CX Handheld Made Simple by Dummies Series

The 2nd Edition of TI-Nspire FOR DUMMIES Gives Readers a Quick Start Guide to the New Color Handheld

Jun 14, 2011

DALLAS, June 14, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Giving math and science teachers and students a jump-start on TI's latest graphing handheld, the TI-Nspire™ CX handheld, Wiley Publishing has launched the 2nd Edition of TI-Nspire™ FOR DUMMIES® book. To celebrate the launch of the new edition, Texas Instruments will be giving attendees of the International Society for Technology in Education's (ISTE) Annual Conference & Exposition in Philadelphia, Penn., a chance to win a copy of the new book. To enter, please visit the TI booth #1717, June 27-29, 2011.

TI-Nspire FOR DUMMIES (Wiley Publishing, Inc.; June 7, 2011; $21.99) provides everything readers need to quickly get the most out of TI's latest must-have tool for math and science, the TI-Nspire CX handheld. The friendly, easy-to-understand FOR DUMMIES style makes the TI-Nspire family of products relatable to even novice users who are just getting started with graphing technology, including parents who may not have used graphing calculators when they were in school. Written by Jeff McCalla and Steve Ouellette, veteran math teachers, this book is designed to help students and educators take full advantage of TI-Nspire CX handheld technology for teaching and learning math and science.

The book simplifies the new technology so that readers can learn everything from how to load the TI-Nspire™ Rechargeable Battery to how to view images to graphing, rotating and manipulating 3D functions to better visualize and comprehend math and science concepts. It also details how to use the new TI-Nspire Operating System Version 3.0 that is available for download on all generations of the TI-Nspire handheld. Topics covered in the 2nd Edition of TI-Nspire FOR DUMMIES include:

  • Learn how it thinks — understand the philosophy behind TI-Nspire technology and set up your handheld
  • Calculate stuff — learn to use the Calculator application, entering and evaluating expressions and working with variables
  • Get graphic — create a wide variety of graphs for visual representation, including 3D and differential equations
  • The object is geometric — use the Geometry application to construct and measure objects
  • Make a list — organize, analyze, and display your data with the Lists & Spreadsheet application
  • Statistically speaking — work with the Data & Statistics application to manipulate single- and two-variable data
  • Note that — customize documents for greater understanding using the Notes application
  • Check out the software — see how to get TI-Nspire software for your computer, and why you should

About the TI-Nspire CX Handheld

The TI-Nspire family of graphing handhelds is popular among high school and college students as a valuable tool for algebra 1, algebra 2, geometry, calculus, statistics, AP college-level and other advanced math and science courses including physics, chemistry and biology. The TI-Nspire CX handheld includes a slim, sleek profile, 16-bit, 320 x 240 pixel high-resolution, backlit, color display and a rechargeable battery. The TI-Nspire graphing handhelds are allowed on standardized tests, including the SAT*, AP*, PSAT/NSMQT*, IB®, and ACT® college entrance exams, as well as many state standardized tests. For more information on TI-Nspire technology, visit http://www.ti-nspire.com/.

About the Authors

Jeff McCalla teaches Algebra 2 and Pre-Calculus at St. Mary's Episcopal School in Memphis, Tenn. He is a Teachers Teaching with Technology™ (T3™) instructor for Texas Instruments and co-founder of the TI-Nspire SuperUser group.

Steve Ouellette is the math department chair at Westwood High School in Westwood, Mass. His credits include being a regular activity writer for the primetime series NUMB3RS companion math program, We All Use Math Every Day. The series ran for five years on CBS. Ouellette authored the first edition of TI-Nspire for Dummies, the CliffsNotes® Guide to TI-Nspire and the CliffsNotes Guide to the TI-Navigator™ System.


Published by John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

Publication date: June 7, 2011

$21.99; Paperback; 392 pages; ISBN: 978-1-1180-0466-1

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*SAT and AP are registered trademarks of the College Entrance Examination Board, which was not involved in the production of and does not endorse these products. PSAT/NSMQT is a registered trademark of the College Entrance Examination Board and National Merit Scholarship Corporation, neither of which was involved in the production of, nor do they endorse these products. Visit http://www.collegeboard.com/ for more information. ACT is a registered trademark of ACT, Inc., which was not involved in the production of and does not endorse these products. IB is a registered trademark of the International Baccalaureate Organization, which was not involved in the production of and does not endorse these products. Policies are subject to change.

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