Texas Instruments TI-84 Plus Silver Edition Handheld Electronic Calculator

The handheld electronic graphing calculator has a gray plastic case with a sliding cover that can also serve as a stand, and a silver plastic keyboard. It also has alternate cases and keyboard faceplates in blue, pink, orange, and black. These colored faceplates and covers, along with a larger memory, distinguished the TI-84 Plus Silver Edition from the TI-84 Plus also introduced in 2004. These calculators replaced the TI-83 Plus Silver Edition (2001).
The calculator has an array of forty-one plastic keys of diverse shapes, many of which can take on three meanings. These include a wide number of arithmetic, trigonometric, and algebraic functions (the TI-84 Plus did not solve calculus problems directly). Letters of the alphabet also can be represented. The calculator also has three arrow keys, plus a row of five keys immediately under the display that relate to graphing, tables, and functions. In addition to performing a wide range of calculations, the calculator could display text or icons.
A mark above the display reads: TI-84 Plus Silver Edition (/) TEXAS INSTRUMENTS. A cable allowed sharing data with other instruments. As with the TI-83 Plus (1999), it was possible to link the calculator to a computer and download additional software applications. These were known as Apps. It also was possible to transfer programs, variables, and applications between TI-84 Plus and TI-83 Plus units, if the memory of the receiving calculator was sufficient.
A battery compartment in the lower part of the back of the calculator holds four AAA batteries. It also holds a 303 or SR44SW back-up battery. Text above these indicates that the instrument was copyrighted in 2004. It also reads in part: MADE IN CHINA. The serial number, marked above the compartment, is: 2204001379 S-1005D.
Included with the calculator, in addition to the multiple faceplates and covers, are USB and link cables, a manual, a CD with instructions, and advertising sheets.
Texas Instruments, TI 84 Plus, TI-84 Plus Silver Edition Guidebook, 2004 (the manual received with the calculator).
Online Datamath Museum.
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Object Name
electronic calculator
date made
Texas Instruments
Physical Description
plastic (case; keys; stands; faceplates material)
metal (circuitry material)
paper (documentation material)
overall: 1 in x 3 1/2 in x 7 1/2 in; 2.54 cm x 8.89 cm x 19.05 cm
place made
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Computers & Business Machines
Handheld Electronic Calculators
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Handheld Electronic Calculators
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of Texas Instruments
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