How to Program Your TI Calculator on a Desktop Computer with the TI Connect Software

How to Program Your TI Calculator on a Desktop Computer with the TI Connect Software


Hi, this is Rob. This is an Introduction to the TI Connect
CE Desktop Software, how to download it and the basic features of the software. The main purpose to use the TI Connect Software
is because it has a TI Basic Program Editor where you can write programs for your calculator. You can connect your calculator to the desktop
and load the program that you have written into your calculator. You can work with other files with your connected
calculator and you can connect multiple calculators at the same time and transfer files between
the calculators. Lets download the TI Connect CE software. Go to Education.ti.com. Go over to the Downloads tab on the top left. In the drop down menu, click on the Apps,
Software & Updates. Go to the right and click on Windows or Mac. I have Windows. Now there are two different software programs,
TI Connect Software and TI Connect CE Software. To make sure you are downloading the correct
software for your calculator, Click on this red button here. This window pops up. If you have any of these calculators, you
need to download the TI Connect Software. If you have any of these calculators, you
need to download the TI Connect CE Software. I have the TI 84 Plus CE calculator, thus
I will download the TI Connect CE Software. I am going to go over here and download the
TI Connect Software for Windows the MSI extension. The MSI is an installer package and it will
determine if I have an older version of the TI Connect Software, which I do, and it will
replace it with this newer version. I am going to click on this MSI version, then
this window pops up. You do not need to have an TI account to download
this software. You can Continue as Guest to download. Download and run the installer. Go thru the installation process. It is simple and direct. Once you have the software downloaded and
installed. Open it up. Connect your calculator to your desktop using
the usb cable that came with the calculator. The software will recognize the calculator
and display it here. On the far left column there are these three
tabs. The first one is Screen Capture. Press this calculator icon here and the software
will take an image of what is on the screen of your connected calculator. Make sure that the calculator is turned on. You can save this image to a file on your
desktop. I am going to delete it. This next tab is Calculator Explorer. You can have more than one calculator connected
and transfer files between the calculators. So if one of your friends has a program on
his calculator that you want a copy of it, you can connect both of your calculators and
transfer the program from his calculator to your calculator. You can also upload one of the programs from
your calculator to your desktop and then emailed it to one of your friends. Or receive a program from one of your friends
thru the email and use this software to upload that program to your calculator. Here is the Program Editor. With the Program Editor you can use TI Basic
to program your own programs for your calculator. You can open an existing program that you
have been working on or start a new program. I am going to start a New Program. On the left are all the commands with TI Basic. Let’s do a simple program. A program that will calculate the distance
between two points on a graph. We will be working with the distance formula
for this program. On the top where it says VAR NAME, is where
we name our program. The name of the program can be up to 8 characters
long. I will name this program Distance Between
DISTBTWN which is 8 characters. Here is the name of this file when we save
this to the desktop. I am going to save this as DistBtwn Ver 1. However, when we send this program to the
calculator, it will be listed in the calculator as DISTBTWN. First line of the program. ClrHome. Find the commands on left panel. I know this command is under Program, then
under Input/Output. ClrHome command will clear the home screen
of the calculator when the program begins to run. So if you have any previous calculations on
the calculator screen this command will clear them off. Next line, hit the return key. We want to get input into our program, so
look for the Input command. Here it is and double click it. Input “ENTER X1 “,E. With this line of code,
the program will display ENTER X1 on the calculator screen and the number we enter on the calculator
will be stored in this variable E. For this calculator, Variables can only be
one character long. Otherwise I would have named this variable
X1. Make sure you do not leave a space between
the comma here and this variable E. If you do you will get a syntax error when you run
this program. Also make sure you do not leave any spaces
at the end of any command lines or you will get an error when you try to run the program
on the calculator. Remember, two points on a graph have a X1,
Y1 and X2, Y2. So, we need 3 more commands similar to this
one. Now we need to enter the distance formula. Remember the distance between two points is: The square root of X2 minus X1 squared plus
Y2 minus Y1 squared. But are variables for X1, Y1, X2, Y2 are E,
F, G, H. So our formula is going to look something like this in the program. So, I am going to go up and look for the square
root command. Here it is. Double click it. Whenever you need to know how a command functions
you can go here to get some limited information. Just make sure you have that command highlighted
here. So this syntax reference states the square
root command takes the square root of a value that are between parentheses. So the distance formula using our variables
will be the square root of G minus E squared plus H minus F Squared. We will enter that into our program editor. We need the square. It is up here. Double click on it. Plus H minus F squared. Now we want to store the result of that equation
into a variable. The store command is here. It looks like this right arrow. Below in the syntax reference box it says
that the store command takes a value and stores it into a variable. Double click on the store command. I am going to choose a D for my variable. D for distance. Hit return to start a new line of code. I am going to go down to the Input/Output
commands because we want to output our calculations. I am going to choose Display. Double click on it. Quotation marks, and write The Distance Between
close the quotation marks, hit return for a new line. Double click on display again. Quotation marks, The Two Points Is, close
quotation marks. When we use the Display command with quotation
marks, the program will display what is written between the quotation marks on the calculator
screen. I broke it into two different lines because
the calculator screen is not very wide. Hit the return to start a new line of code. Double click on Display again. And type D, our variable for the distance. The program is finished. One last thing to do before we send the program
to the calculator. We need to highlight the whole program. Right click and hold the right click as we
drag across the whole program. We are looking for any spaces at the end of
each command line. If we have any spaces at the end of any command
line, then we will get an error when we try to run the program on the calculator. I will type a space here at the end of this
first input command and highlight the program again. You see this space at the end of this command
line? We need to get rid of it. Ok, our program is good now. Lets save the program. I am going to send the program to my connected
calculator by clicking on this icon. The name of the program that will be display
on the calculator is this name here. Distance Between. We are going to save it to RAM. There are two types of memory for this calculator. ROM and RAM. ROM is called Archive memory on this calculator
also. I store my programs in RAM. RAM is faster, but if your calculator ever
crashes you will lose all the programs that we stored in RAM. This has happen to me once before. But since I have all my programs saved on
my desktop computer, it was easy to load up my programs into the calculator. Next, Destination Calculators. You have a choice to send the program to all
connected calculators or to the checked calculators below. Since I only have one calculator connected
I could choose either option. Next, I usually have this checked. To replace this named program with any programs
on my calculator that has the same name. Hit the Send Button. And that is it. My calculator now has this program. Now let us go to the calculator and run this
program. On the calculator, press the Program Button
here. This screen pops up. On the top we have Execute, Edit and New. Execute is to run the program. Edit is to edit programs and New is to write
a new program in the calculator. We are going to run our program Distance Between,
which is number three on our list. So go down to number 3 and press the enter
key on the calculator. This screen pops up. It is the name of our program. To start running the program we need to press
the enter key on the calculator again. The first input command is displayed. Enter X1. I will enter a 5 and press the enter key on
the calculator. The next input command line appears. I will enter a 4 and press the enter key on
the calculator. The next input command appears for the x coordinate
of the second point on the line. I will enter a negative 3. Remember the negative sign is here at the
bottom of the calculator. Do not use the minus key here or you will
get an error when running the program. Press the enter key on the calculator and
I will enter a 10 for the Y 2. Press the enter key on the calculator. There is our answer. The Distance Between the two points is 10. When you see this Done here, that means the
program has finished. I can press the enter key again on the calculator
and the program will run again and go right into the first input command. That is how to program a TI Basic Program
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