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FINDING ZEROS OF A FUNCTION USING THE GRAPHING CALCULATOR

1.) Plug your equation into Y= on the calculator
2.) Select GRAPH on your calculator.
3.) Zeros are where your function touches or crosses the x-intercept. Look at your graph and make
sure you can see where each of your zeros is located.
4.) To find the exact values of your zeros, press the 2nd button, then TRACE. This will bring you to
the CALC menu.
5.) Select 2: zero
6.) Now, the calculator needs you to direct it to the zeros of your function. Pick one of your zeros to
find first. Use the left and right arrow keys to navigate across your function.
7.) On the bottom of your screen, notice your calculator says ‘Left Bound?’ Move the cursor to the
left of your zero. Look at the x-value at the bottom of your screen. Do you think it is less than
the actual x-value of the zero? If yes, press ENTER
8.) Now your calculator says ‘Right Bound?’ Move your cursor to the right of your zero. Look at the
x-value at the bottom of your screen. Do you think it is greater than the actual x-value of the
zero? If yes, press ENTER
9.) Now the bottom of your screen should say ‘Guess?’ Press ENTER again.
10.) On the bottom of your screen, the calculator will give you the x- and y- values of the coordinates
for your zero. Since this is an x intercept (x, 0), your y value should be zero.
11.) Repeat this process to find all other zeros of your function.

FINDING ZEROS OF A FUNCTION USING THE GRAPHING CALCULATOR
1.) Plug your equation into Y= on the calculator
2.) Select GRAPH on your calculator.
3.) Zeros are where your function touches or crosses the x-intercept. Look at your graph and make
sure you can see where each of your zeros is located.
4.) To find the exact values of your zeros, press the 2nd button, then TRACE. This will bring you to
the CALC menu.
5.) Select 2: zero
6.) Now, the calculator needs you to direct it to the zeros of your function. Pick one of your zeros to
find first. Use the left and right arrow keys to navigate across your function.
7.) On the bottom of your screen, notice your calculator says ‘Left Bound?’ Move the cursor to the
left of your zero. Look at the x-value at the bottom of your screen. Do you think it is less than
the actual x value of the zero? If yes, press ENTER
8.) Now your calculator says ‘Right Bound?’ Move your cursor to the right of your zero. Look at the
x-value at the bottom of your screen. Do you think it is greater than the actual x-value of the
zero? If yes, press ENTER
9.) Now the bottom of your screen should say ‘Guess?’ Press ENTER again.
10.) On the bottom of your screen, the calculator will give you the x- and y- values of the coordinates
for your zero. Since this is an x intercept (x, 0), your y-value should be zero.
11.) Repeat this process to find all other zeros of your function.