If you’re a student making your way through math class it can be helpful to have a tutor. Then again, there are several reasons why a tutor won’t work out; money, time, personality, smell.. etc. Good news! Microsoft has created a stand-alone program which can act as your virtual tutor and help with not only solving complex equations, but also teaching you how they work. If you’re still on basic math, don’t fret as the program is a great tool for solving simple problems too. Besides, why write all of your math out by hand if you can do it on a computer?!
Before you get too excited there is one small thing to note. Normally, groovyPost only focuses on and recommends freeware to all our readers… Microsoft Math unfortunately is not Freeware and it costs around $20. There IS a 30-day free trial you can use but yeah, it’s not free. Sorry…
Anyway, back to the review: In Worksheet mode you can enter any equation you like and Microsoft Math will give you a solution. The calculator on the left contains functions and numbers or you can manually type out your equations. If you don’t like using the keyboard, you can enable drawing mode and write your equations. Once you’ve solved your equation, you can automatically graph it, or just continue writing equations which will be tracked on your worksheet.
When you enter graphing mode there are a variety of things you can do; draw functions, modify equations, insert data sets, define new parameters, plot inequalities, and track individual graph axis and changes. Geometry has met its match!
If you’re looking to graph a more difficult equation Microsoft Math supports 3D graphing as well.
A really groovy built-in tool is the Triangle Solver. With the Triangle solver you can enter the known parameters of a triangle and then it will automatically solve and fill in the remaining sides and angles. To help visualize the math an accurate triangle figure will be generated using your inputs.
Probably the most useful part of Microsoft Math is the Solution steps. Whenever you solve an equation a dialog will be available that will explain the process used to solve the problem. If the equation took multiple steps to solve then each step will be displayed and explained, much like a teacher or text book would advise.
Think this might be useful for your mathematical endeavors? Download Microsoft Math and give it a go!
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