Have you guys heard of Wolfram Alpha?

wolframalpha.com

It's an online equation solver, where you can plug in your home work problems, like what is 2(5x - 4) > 7(x - 2).? and it will give you the answer.

Or you can use programs such as mathematica or Maple, or a Ti-89. That way you don't have to spam Yahoo answers with your stupid algebra homework questions?

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    8 years ago
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    Yes, I have. However, I only use it to check my answers or to get a clue of what to do when I have no idea. Personally, I find that Wolfram Alpha can be helpful, but it isn't always the best option. Sometimes, it misinterprets questions and that is the last thing you want. As well, a machine is a machine. If you ask for an answer, it will give you one. But sometimes, it won't give you the answer in the way you want it to (for example, it will use certain techniques in calculus you may have not yet learned) and it simply can't help as much as a person breaking each step down and explaining.

    I agree that so much of the questions are algebra and very elementary, but they have to start somewhere. I was one of them a few years ago (though now I ask university math questions when I do), asking very basic math questions. Still, I found explanations more helpful than a machine and I always looked for explanations - something that a computational engine can't always provide.

  • 8 years ago

    I have, and I link to it often in my answers. The difference is Wolfram Alpha's steps are sometimes convoluted and not something an actual human would do and only does those particular steps because it is a computer. This is where an actual human comes in handy. Not to mention most of the credit of a math problem is in the work, not the final answer.

  • 8 years ago

    Yes I have heard of it but Wolfram sometimes doesn't correctly explain how to do some of the problems. It just spits out an answer sometimes.

  • 8 years ago

    +1

    Although if you want a full explanation, yahoo answers is the place to be.

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