However, there are a few steps you’ll have to take in order to download it onto your calculator.

A TI 84 Calculator and a Mini-USB to USB cable. One came with your calculator. If you don’t have one, you can buy one here: (Amazon, BestBuy, Staples).

Please note that these prices are taken from the stated prices at time of this post. Normally, they are much higher.

The lowest prices occur typically mid-August.

## Software For Your Program: TI Connect

Basically, you’ll download the TI connect to your laptop. If you’re using a Mac, you’ll click on the TI connect icon and drag it to apps on your desktop.

Then, you’ll use your mini-usb to usb cable to connect your TI 84 to your laptop. After that, click on the calculator image on the TI connect. It will search connected devices to find the connected calculator. Once it finds your TI 84 and makes a connection, you should be fine. It might take a minute for your computer to do this, so please be patient.

Now you have the program on your calculator.

One adjustment: you likely want to change your mode to A+Bi (here).

You can relax. So long as you’re in the realm of real numbers, your TI 84 calculator will give you real answers. It’s only when taking the square root of a negative number or dealing with complex numbers that it will provide you an answer in terms of i.

Now, as most quadratic equations are in the following format:

Please make a note of your A, B, and C values. Keep in mind that if one (or more) of these coefficients is negative, be sure to use the negative button (-) rather than the minus button.

Now press PRGM. This is where your programs are accessed. After that, you’ll enter your A, B, and C values. Your output will be in the format of X1: X2:. Basically, those are your two answers. after the X-outputs, you’ll see the fractional format using the typical quadratic:

It’s just easier with video to show you how to use it all.