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Exponential and Logarithmic Functions

For functions and , when we enter on a TI-83 or TI-83 Plus we are entering the composition . The composite
functions found in Section 11.1, Example 2 are checked using tables on a graphing calculator. To check that when
and g(x) = x − 1, enter , and on the equation-editor screen. We use the
VARS Y-VARS menu to enter . To do this, position the cursor beside = and press .
Then compare the values of and in a table. We show a table with TblStart = 1, ΔTbl = 0.5, and Indpnt and Depend both
set on Auto. Use the key to scroll across the table to see the - and -columns.

Similarly, to check that , also enter and . To enter , position the cursor beside =
and press .

We can graph the inverse of a function using the DrawInv feature from the DRAW menu.
Section 11.1, Example 9(c) Graph the inverse of the function g(x) = x3 + 2.
We will graph g(x), g-1(x), and the line y = x on the same screen. Press to go to the equation-editor screen and clear
or deselect any existing entries. Then enter = x3 + 2 and = x. Select a square window by pressing 5. Now paste
the DrawInv command from the DRAW DRAW menu to the home screen by pressing 8. Indicate that we want
to draw the inverse of by pressing 11 . Finally press ENTER to see the graph of  along with the graphs of
and . We show a window that has been squared from the standard window.

The drawing of    can be cleared from the graph screen by pressing 1to select the ClrDraw (clear drawing)
operation. If ClrDraw was not accessed from the graph screen, it must be followed by . The graph will also be cleared
when another function is subsequently entered on the “Y =” screen and graphed.


Section 11.3, Example 4 Graph: .
We enter y = log(x/5)+1on the equation-editor screen by positioning the cursor beside one of the function names and pressing
1. Note that the parentheses must be closed in the denominator of the logarithmic function.
(Clear or deselect any previously entered functions.) We show the function graphed in the window [−2, 10,−5, 5].

11.5, Example 4
Graph: .
We enter on the equation-editor screen by positioning the cursor beside one of the function names and pressing
1. (Clear or deselect any previously entered functions.) Select a window and press
. We show the function graphed in the window [−5, 5,−2, 10].

Section 11.5, Example 5(b) Graph: f(x) = ln(x + 3).

We enter y = ln(x + 3) on the equation-editor screen by positioning the cursor beside one of the function names and pressing
. (Clear or deselect any previously entered functions.) Select a window and press . We show
the function graphed in the window [−5, 10,−5, 5].

Section 11.5, Example 6 Graph: .
To use a graphing calculator we must first change the logarithmic base to e or 10. We will use e here. Recall that the change of
base formula is , where a and b are any logarithmic bases and M is any positive number. Let a = e, b = 7, and
M = x and substitute in the change-of-base formula. After clearing or deselecting previously entered functions, enter
on the equation-editor screen by positioning the cursor beside = and pressing 2. Note
that the parentheses must be closed in both the numerator and the denominator.

Select a viewing window and press . We show the graph in the window [−2, 8,−2, 5].


The STAT CALC menu contains an exponential regression feature.

Section 11.7, Example 9(a) In 1800, over 500,000 Tule elk inhabited the state of California. By the late 1800s, after the
California Gold Rush, there were fewer than 50 elk remaining in the state. In 1978, wildlife biologists introduced a herd of 10
Tule elk into the Point Reyes National Seashore near San Francisco. By 1982, the herd had grown to 24 elk. There were 70 elk
in 1986, 200 in 1996, and 500 in 2002. Use regression to fit an exponential function to the data and graph the function.
We enter the data as described on page 22 of this manual. Let x represent the number of years since 1978.

Now select ExpReg from the STAT CALC menu by pressing and also press 11to copy the
regression equation to the “Y =” screen. The calculator returns the values of a and b for the exponential function y = abx. We
have y = 1 3.01608148(1.168547698)x. We graph the equation in the window [−2, 40,−5, 1000], Xscl = 5, Yscl = 100.

This function can be evaluated using one of the methods on page 18.