In Algebra class, a student becomes accustomed to using a graphing calculator to graph lines, functions and line segments. You need to be able to graph all three of these without your calculator, but if you want to quickly visualize a line segment, or a portion of a line defined specifically between two coordinates, your graphing calculator can instantaneously create such a graph.

Access the "draw" menu, and select the line command. The calculator will display the "Line" function, along with open brackets.

Enter the coordinates of the endpoints of the line segment, separated by commas, in the form "Line(X1, Y1, X2, Y2)". If, for instance, the coordinates if your line segment are "(0,3)" and "(1,2)", you would enter "Line(0,3,1,2)".

Press "Enter" and your calculator will plot the segment.

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Tricia Lobo has been writing since 2006. Her biomedical engineering research, "Biocompatible and pH sensitive PLGA encapsulated MnO nanocrystals for molecular and cellular MRI," was accepted in 2010 for publication in the journal "Nanoletters." Lobo earned her Bachelor of Science in biomedical engineering, with distinction, from Yale in 2010.

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