In this lesson, we’ll explain how to replace variables, also with the plug-in method, to solve Math problems with the GED calculator TI-30XS. This lesson is included in our free online GED classes.

In the second part of the GED Math exam, you can use a scientific calculator, but it has to be the TI-30XS.

## Online GED Classes

**A simple and easy** way of getting your GED diploma.

##### Learn fast, stay motivated, and pass your GED quickly.

If you understand how to use this scientific calculator effectively, you will definitely reach a passing score on GED® Math!

Our free online GED classes are a perfect tool for GED students, especially those with busy lives looking to get better and better-paying jobs.

In some Math questions, letters stand for numbers. These letters represent unknown values and are called variables.

When we replace letters with a given number, we can perform the usual Math operations. This process is known as evaluating expressions.

Here is a simple example.

### Fast & Easy Online GED Course

Get Your Diploma in 2 Months

It doesn’t matter when you left school

Calculate:

1/2a+33

when a=184.

Is it: Option one: 125?

Or Option two: 97?

So, you need to replace the letter “a” with the number 184 and then calculate the total value.

So, we need to input the following expression:

½ times 184 plus 33.

Let us use our TI 30XS to perform this calculation.

Press the fraction sign and type 1 in the upper box, then use the arrow to navigate to the lower box and press 2. Press enter to finish editing this fraction. Our screen shows the ½ fraction, now press the multiplication sign and then type 184. Then punch the plus sign for addition and type 33, and finally press the enter sign to see the result.

It’s 125.

So, option 1 is correct.

Next lesson: How to replace variables using the plug-in method

*Last Updated on October 22, 2023.*