Advanced BASIC Concepts
by Thomas Dickerson
This tutorial assumes a relatively high level of competence and understanding of TI-Basic. It is not
meant as a starter's guide, or even an optimization guide. I recommend that you have read all the guides here
as well as this
before continuing in this guide. It is meant to teach and encourage you to explore beyond
the realm of the mere commands TI-Basic is made of, and to begin teaching you how to use them as language. More
importantly it is designed to teach you to think, unlike some tutorials this will not hand out answers like candy. Instead it will make you come up with your own answers
and then help you to improve them. One analogy for this is that middle school English class teaches you grammar and spelling.
High school english class teaches you to write. In the long run that
is the goal of this guide.
Table of Contents
Upon completing any of the assignments, feel free to submit it to me here
All entries shall be tested on my calculator (84+SE). This
page shall be updated to maintain the current leader. One prize shall be given for speed (in seconds) over 40 iterations, and one shall be given for smallest size of the total program.
This includes source given here for the other routines that are part of the assignment. Your submitted entry must have the same filename as the starter program provided for that assignment.
Any entries deemed to be stolen code, nonfunctional, or nonrobust shall be disqualified. If you find any example code for which you can create an error, and
you can supply better code, you will be placed in the permanent hall of fame. There are some examples of this that have been intentionally left for you to find
and others that may be there without my knowledge.
Part 1: Algorithms and Data Structures
Part 2: Geometric/Trigonometric Manipulations
Part 3: Strings Redux
Part 4: Graphics (what most of you are probably looking for)
Part 5: Putting it all together