February 6, 2011

Wolfram Alpha

Do you want to see something that will amaze you? Check out WolframAlpha!

"WolframAlpha is a free online computational knowledge engine that generates answers to questions in real time by doing computations on its own vast internal knowledge base.


Sample
I looked up the word " derivatives"



Next, I compared WW1 with WW2.



Watch as WolframAlpha shows steps of this math question.
(solve 3x+4= 5x +7)



The best way to really understand the amazing abilities of WolframAlpha is to browse their examples by topic.

Bonus
WolframAlpha is starting a collection of lesson plans from educators who use their site. You can view those plans here.

Educators could use WolframAlpha by:
  • gathering information
  • creating visual aides
  • showing steps to math problems
  • as reference in a research paper or project
Can you think of other ways? Please comment below.

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