Do you have Maths homework? How do you know that your results are OK? This article is going to teach you how to use easy-to-use, free-of-charge software to check that your calculations are correct
- Speedcrunch is a free desktop scientific calculator for Windows, Mac OS, and Linux.
- Microsoft Mathematics provides a set of mathematical tools that help students get school work done quickly and easily.
1. Download and install it. Every time you download and install some software, make sure your parents are supervising you. 2. Run Microsoft Mathematics. 3. Select Equation Solver, Unit Converter or Triangle Solver. 4. If you selected Unit Converter, click the type of measurement you are converting (Length), the units (from inches to centimetres), type the quantity (Input), and press the button calculate.
- Maxima is a free computer algebra system. Download and install it from Sourceforge. When you type in a command, you need to press SHIFT + ENTER simultaneously. For example: divisors(24); returns all the divisors of 24, 3*7; (a simple calculation, 21), and 6**2; is six raised to the power of two, 36.
You can use Maxima as a fast and reliable calculator (5.23*4.25;). You can find the prime factorisation of a given number (factor(420);), get the irreducible fraction equivalent to a given fraction (12/56;), and do arithmetic with fractions (6/5+9/6;).
Once you have defined your polynomials (p: 4*x^2 -1, q: 6*x^2+x+1), you can operate with them (p+q, 2*p-q), and simplify them. ratsimp(%); asks Maxima to simplify the last expression.
Observe in the screenshot how Maxima can factor some polynomials (factor(p); expresses the polynomial -p- as the product of polynomial expressions -(x-3)(x+2)-) or expand them (in other words, it asks Maxima to carry out the operations to simplify the expression).
Maxima can solve algebraic equations, too. The polynomial p has two roots (solve(p,x); returns 3, -5), so it can be expressed (factor(p);) as (x-3)(x+5).
- JFractionLab is a free program to practice doing fractions at school or at home. It is a program written in Java so it requires to download and install the Java Runtime Environment (JRE).
It runs on Linux, MacOS and Windows. It offers many different exercises: defining, comparing, extending, reducing fractions, and operations with fractions. It shows you each step of the calculation so it helps you to understand them.
- There are people who think that Internet is Google. This is not true, but Google has become synonymous with easy searching and fast results. Google offers a built-in calculator among its many services.
It allows you to do: basic mathematical operations (2.5*3.5); percentages (50% of 220); units (45 cm to inches, 38 Celsius to Fahrenheit), and currency conversions (21 dollars into Euros); conversions between different numerical systems (12 in binary, 12 in octal, 12 in roman), etc. You can now plot functions in Google’s search engine, too.
- Wolfram Alpha is a computational search engine. Just go to Wolfram Alpha and type a fraction (9/6). It returns the equivalent irreducible fraction (3/2), a pie chart representing it, and its decimal form (1.5).
Wolfram Alpha can calculate just about anything. It can do arithmetic on fractions (1/2 * (3 + 3/5)), solve equations (solve x^2 − 7 x + 12=0), plot 2d and 3d functions or compute indefinite and definite integrals of one or more variables (integrate x^2 + sin^2 x dx).
For instance, given a decimal number (0.5) or an improper fraction (improper fractions are those whose numerator is greater than the denominator, 11⁄4), WolframAlpha returns its equivalent fractions (1⁄2, 2 3⁄4) and represents them in the Number Line.
- Gnuplot is a free, open source, and graph plotting program. Follow these instructions to get it up and running:
1. Download it from its webpage (Gnuplot). 2. Get the latest stable version for your operating system. 3. Launch it. 4. Define the function (f(x)=x**3 + 2*x**2 -5*x -6 where x**3 means raise x to the power of three, x3) and ask gnuplot to plot it (plot(f(x)). It is a little difficult, but it is incredibly powerful and available free of charge!
- GeoGebra is a free mathematics software program especially created for teaching and learning. It is an open-source software available for multiple platforms (iOS, Android, Windows, Mac OS, and Linux) and it has been translated into many languages. It has an easy-to-use interface and yet many powerful features.
GeoGebra is both an online web application and an o ine downloadable application. You only need to use the appropriate tools in the Toolbar to create geometric constructions on the Graphics View with your mouse. For example, select Line, click twice on the Graphics View and you will get two points (A, B) and a line.
- NumericalChameleon is free, open source, platform-independent and comprehensive software in order to convert units. An alternative is ConvertAll.
- Octave is a high-level interpreted language, primarily intended for numerical computations. It is a free alternative (and is quite similar) to Matlab (proprietary and pricey software). It has extensive tools for solving common numerical linear algebra problems, finding the roots of nonlinear equations, integrating ordinary functions, manipulating polynomials, and integrating ordinary differential and differential-algebraic equations. Another option is FreeMat.
- R is a free software environment for statistical computing and graphics.
- Kids: Gcompris (arithmetic activities), Omnitux (counting activities), and The KDE Education Project (KBruch is a small program to practice calculating with fractions and percentages). Tux of Math Command is a fun arcade-style math game to practice addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, negatives, and more!
- Kitsune is a version of the famous "Des chiffres et des lettres" television game show, literally Numbers and Letters. Here is an example to illustrate this point: How do you get 715 with the numbers 6, 4, 7, 8, 75, and 10, and the operations "+", "-", "x" and ":"? The solution is: 1. 75 - 10 = 65. 2. 7 + 4 = 11. 3. 65 x 11 = 715.
- TuxMathScrabble is a maths version of the classic word game Scrabble. It challenges kids to construct compound equations and to consider multiple abstract possibilities.
- Photomath is one of the best app to learn maths.