Finally, there’s an app that lets you molest algorithms. Texas Instruments has just wisely released a new app for the iPad that brings graph calculator capabilities and powerful learning tools literally to your fingertips.
Here’s a feature’s list from the press release:
- All-in-one functionality for performing calculations in proper math notation; graphing and exploring functions, equations and inequalities; constructing and exploring geometric figures; creating, plotting and analyzing data in lists and spreadsheets.
- Interactive keyboard that toggles between math notation and QWERTY configurations for placing notes and instructions alongside problems.
- Dynamically linked multiple representations of problems that encourage students to make crucial connections by observing how equations change as they touch and interact with shapes, graphs and objects on the screen.
- Familiar operations for creating and saving documents and sharing them using email, iTunes®, and other file sharing options.
- Interaction with the built-in iPad camera interface that enables students to take photos, import them into the app and overlay graphs and equations on them to illustrate abstract math principles in the physical world.
This sort of thing could make math exciting again, giving the subject a leg up next to other hyper-interactive learning tools/diversions. The app is available for $29.99 at the iTunes store.