The TI-89 calculator can help you make graphs and bar charts, calculate probabilities, and perform a wide array of statistics calculations. There are two options of the calculator for figuring out binomial distributions on the TI-89: The BinomialCdf will calculate multiple values for X (for example, less or greater than a certain number, or between two x-values). If you only have one x-value, see this article on using BinomPdf on the TI-89 for one value. Not sure of the difference between PDF and CDF? See: What is the difference between BinomPDF and BinomCDF?
Sample problem: Jane’s batting average is .230. If she’s at bat four times, what is the probability that she gets three or four hits?
Step 1: Press Apps and use the scroll arrows to highlight the Stats/List Editor. Press Enter.
Step 2: Press F5. Press Alpha and ). This should bring up the Binomial Cdf screen. If it doesn’t, make sure you pressed down the Alpha key (you are using it to choose “C” above the ) key).
Step 3: Enter the number of trials in the Num Trials box. Jane goes to bat four times, so the number of trials is 4. Press 4 and then the down arrow key.
Step 4: Enter the probability: “Prob Success, p.” Jane’s batting average is .230, so enter .230 in this box. Press the down arrow key.
Step 5: Enter the lower value, 3. You want to know the probability of Jane getting between three and four hits, so you enter 3 in the X Value box.
Step 6:Enter the upper value, 4.
Step 7: Press Enter for the result. The probability of Jane getting three or four hits is .040273, returned at the top of the screen as “Pdf=.040273“.
Tip: Instead hitting the Alpha and ) keys to select BinomialCdf, you can scroll down the menu with the arrow keys instead.
Warning: Use the BinomialPdf function (option B from the F5 menu) if you only have one x-value.
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