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Box Plot TI 89 plus Five Number Summary in Easy Steps!

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Box Plot TI 89 Overview

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A left skewed boxplot, showing a long left whisker. Image: SHU.EDU

A five number summary in statistics is made up of a Minimum, Median, Maximum and Q1/Q3, which are the first and third quartiles. Q1 and Q3 help you to find the interquartile range: an important factor in looking at the spread of data. When you create a box and whiskers chart on the TI-89, the TI-89 will automatically calculate the five number summary for you, saving you time and effort.

Box Plot TI 89 Steps

Sample problem: Create a box and whiskers chart and find the five number summary for the following data: 200, 350, 300, 350, and 400.

Step 1: Create a new folder called “Box.” From the HOME screen, press F4 and scroll down to NewFold (option B). Press ENTER.

Step 2: Press 2nd Alpha ( – x to spell B O X and press ENTER.

Step 3: Press APPS, then scroll down to Stats/List Editor. Press ENTER twice.

Step 4: Press the down arrow key to get to the first line of the list. Enter your data into list1. Follow each entry with a comma: 200, 350, 300, 350, 400.

Step 5: Press F2 then 1 to enter Plot Setup.

Step 6: Press F1, right arrow, and 5 to select mod box plot.

Step 7: Arrow down to Mark and select box.

Step 8: Arrow down and enter B O X (using the alphanumeric keypad) in the x. Press ENTER.

Step 9: Read the boxplot. Press F3 and use the left and right cursors to find Min(200), Q1(250), Med(325), Q3(400), and Max(500).

That’s how to create a box plot on the TI 89!

Tip: if you want to change the folder back to MAIN, press MODES, scroll down to Current Folder. Press right key, then press 1 ENTER.

TipIf you get the error message undefined variable, it can be a frustrating process to try and solve the problem. Clearing the memory *may* help, but an easier way to get the box plot to graph is to enter the data into “list 1” in the List Editor and then type “list 1” as your “x” when defining the box plot.

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Box Plot TI 89 plus Five Number Summary in Easy Steps! was last modified: September 5th, 2015 by Stephanie

8 thoughts on “Box Plot TI 89 plus Five Number Summary in Easy Steps!

  1. Anthony Prato

    Upon completing step 8, I press enter and I return to the plots list. My “box” plot is checked as if ready to graph. After step 8, I pressed the green button and F3 to enter “graph”, because I wanted to graph the box plot. The calculator takes me to the graph screen, but then says “ERROR” undefined variable. I followed all previous instructions. I an using a TI-89 Titanium.

  2. Stephanie

    Try resetting the variable memory.
    • Press [2nd] [6] (MEM) [F1] [ENTER]
    • Select 2:Default
    • Press [ENTER] and Defaults Set is displayed
    • Press [ENTER]

  3. Shane

    I know this is late, but for anyone else stumbling upon this site with the same question as Anthony, here it is. The Titanium is slightly different. Instead of pressing f3 to graph, you have to go into y editor, which is f1. From there you can use the graphing function. Go to zoomData to fit the screen and there you have it.

  4. Andrew

    Step 4 confuses me because I have the TI-89 Titanium and you can’t put commas after when entering it into the list L1. So I have just tried putting them in normally and the Y Editor step confused me? Where do I go from there?

  5. Andale

    Hi, Andrew,
    You don’t enter the commas. Just type the number, press “Enter” to get to the next line and then type the next number.

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