# An Example of Scope and Sequence for Calculator Skills

**Developed by Carol B. Brown, Saint Mary's Hall, San Antonio, TX**

**Statement of philosophy:** The graphing calculator is a tool to be used in mathematics and science classes. It is not an end in itself. Skills that are enhanced or reinforced by the graphing calculator should be practiced on a regular basis at all levels. Use of the calculator should not mean that students do not learn basic mathematical operations or graphing skills.

**Question 1:** When is it appropriate to introduce students to the graphing calculator? **Answer:** Grade 6 with classroom sets of calculators. Starting with grade 7, all students may be required to purchase a TI 83, a TI 83+, or a TI-83+silver. This calculator will be satisfactory for all work done through grade 12.

Skill | Introduced | Practiced | Mastered |

Turn calculator on and off | 6th Pre-Alg/Sci |
6th | |

Adjust contrast | 6th Pre-Alg/Sci |
6th | |

Learn about battery system | 7th Alg 1 |
9th | |

Basic operations (+, -, ×, or ÷) | 6th Pre-Alg/Sci |
6th | |

Recalling answers | 6th | 7th | |

Recalling entry | 6th | 7th | |

Link for data transfer or program transfer/Mem Management | 7th Sci | 8th | |

Use catalog | 7th | 8th | |

Math menu | 7th Alg 1 |
9th | |

Entering numbers in scientific notation | 6th Pre-Alg |
Science classes | 8th |

Clearing entries | 6th Pre-Alg/Sci |
6th | |

Returning to home screen | 6th Pre-Alg/Sci |
6th | |

Use of sin, cos, tan | 6th Math | 8th Science | 8th |

Use of sin^{-1}, cos^{-1}, tan^{-1}, x^{-1} |
8th Science | 9th | Pre-Cal |

Entering numbers in STAT/ clearing lists | 8th Alg/Geo Science |
8th | |

STAT Edit menu/ sorting lists, / SETUP EDITOR | 9th | 9th | |

Functions which take arguments | 8th Science | Physics, Chem, Alg II | 10th |

Use of STAT PLOT | 6th Science | Science/Math | 8th |

Windows | 7th Alg I |
8th Science Physics/Chem |
11th |

Zoom functions | 7th | 8th | 8th |

Trace | 9th | 11th | |

Calculating a value | 9th | Chem | 11th |

Calculating an intersection | 9th Alg II |
Chem/AP classes | 12th |

Solver | Optional | ||

Use of CBL to collect data/PHYSICS/CHEMBIO/DATAMATE | 6th Science | 7th science | 8th Science |

Random number generator | 12th AP Statistics |
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Two variable statistics | Pre-Calculus | ||

Linear regressions including pasting in function into y= | 8th/Alg I and Science | 9th | |

Correlation coefficient including turning on diagnostics | 8th Science | 8th grade | |

Curve fitting-linear functions | 8th Alg I and Science | Physics | 9th |

Batch transforms | 8th Science/Alg I | Physics | 10th Chem |

Linear transforms | 11th AP Sciences |
AP Sciences | |

Downloading data to computer and use of Graphical Analysis | 8th Science | 9th | 9th |

One variable statistics/mean/median/standard deviation/histograms/box and whiskers | 8th | Algebra I Chemistry |
Statistics |

Non-linear functions and curve fitting | 8th Science | Physics | AP Sciences |

Basic programing skills | 9th Geo/Alg II |
11th |

The following skills are introduced in grades 9-12 and may or may not be totally mastered dependent upon the student's math/science selection of courses. However, no teacher should feel that he or she cannot use any of the following skills if appropriate to the lesson.

Skill | Introduced | Practiced | Mastered |

STAT Edit menu/ sorting lists, / SETUP EDITOR | 9th | 9th | |

Trace | 9th | 11th | |

Calculating a value | 9th | Chem | 11th |

Calculating an intersection | 9th Alg II |
Chem/AP classes | 12th |

Solver | Optional | ||

Random number generator | 12th AP Statistics |
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Linear transforms | 11th AP Sciences |
12th | |

Basic programing skills | Geo/Alg II | 11th |

The following skills are both introduced and mastered in the middle school years.

Skill | Introduced | Practiced | Mastered |

Turn calculator on and off | 6th Pre-Alg/Sci |
6th | |

Adjust contrast | 6th Pre-Alg/Sci |
6th | |

Basic operations (+, -, ×, or ÷) | 6th Pre-Alg/Sci |
6th | |

Clearing entries | 6th Pre-Alg/Sci |
6th | |

Returning to home screen | 6th Pre-Alg/Sci |
6th | |

Recalling answers | 6th | 7th | |

Recalling entry | 6th | 7th | |

Link for data transfer or program transfer/Mem Management | 7th Sci | 8th | |

Use catalog | 7th | 8th | |

Entering numbers in scientific notation | 6th Pre-Alg |
Science classes | 8th |

Use of sin, cos, tan | 6th Math | 8th Science | 8th |

Entering numbers in STAT/ clearing lists | 8th Alg/Geo Science |
8th | |

Use of STAT PLOT | 6th Science | Science/Math | 8th |

Use of CBL to collect data/PHYSICS/CHEMBIO/DATAMATE | 6th Science | 7th science | 8th Science |

The following skills are introduced in middle school but are not mastered until the high school years.

Skill | Introduced | Practiced | Mastered |

Learn about battery system | 7th Alg 1 |
9th | |

Math menu | 7th Alg 1 |
9th | |

Use of sin^{-1}, cos^{-1}, tan^{-1}, x^{-1} |
8th Science | 9th | Pre-Cal |

Functions which take arguments | 8th Science | Physics, Chem, Alg II | 10th |

Windows | 7th Alg I |
8th Science Physics/Chem |
11th |

Linear regressions including pasting in function into y= | 8th/Alg I and Science | 9th | |

Curve fitting-linear functions | 8th Alg I and Science | Physics | 9th |

Batch transforms | 8th Science/Alg I | Physics | 10th Chem |

Downloading data to computer and use of Graphical Analysis | 8th Science | 9th Physics |
9th |

One variable statistics/mean/median/standard deviation/histograms/box and whiskers | 8th | Algebra I Chemistry |
Statistics |

Non-linear functions and curve fitting | 8th Science | Physics | AP Sciences |