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Amazing - It's like a homework machine
on August 21, 2012
I have very mixed feelings about this program.
I love the fact it can solve so many math problems. It is capable of finding the answer to pretty much any solvable math problem from elementary through high school Statistics and even Calculus. It even displays graphs. This makes it an amazing tool for checking my kids' math homework problems. I am shocked that this can even exist on my Kindle. I can read a book and check my children's math homework from one device! WOW!
Another great benefit of this app is that it is independent of the internet. It is based on the Mathway web site's process that is run by Bagatrix software. However, the Mathway site requires an internet connection. I turned off the wi-fi on my Kindle Fire and was still able to find an integral in the Calculus section. This app does not require a wi-fi or other connection in order to work. You can literally take your cell phone to the kitchen table (if your kids are doing their homework there) and check answers on your phone.
The only reason I took off a star is that it advertises the fact it can show step-by-step solutions, but that is NOT part of the free application. I do not mind this at all, but it is a bit of an advertising "trick" to show the steps in the images for the free app, but then not offer those features.
Parents may also be concerned about the possible use of this app. If your kids only have to give answers on homework, it is entirely possible to get this program to give all the correct answers to their homework assignments. Then, the test scores will be awful if the kids haven't really learned the topics. The bigger concern, though, has to do with the available purchase. If you pay anywhere from $7/one day up to $60/year, you can get not only all of the problems' answers, but also all of the steps to get the answers. This can easily make it so kids with access to this program would not need to really work anything out on the very practice homework designed to help them learn the material.
Then again, this could be a good program for students who did not understand the problems in class. They could use the paid upgrade to see the steps for solving one or two problems and then be able to complete the rest of the work on their own once the process is understood.
Overall, this is an amazing mathematical program. I tested it without logging in and was able to get answers to all the subjects listed, from finding volume and surface area of shapes such as cones, to finding logarithms, to finding the sqaure root of a negative number. (It returned "i.") Later, I used a free trial day (I happened to find it on the Mathway Facebook page-I'm not sure how long it lasts) to see the steps and found that I needed to log in, but was then able to see everything from the proper formulas to use to the steps for plugging in values to the reasoning behind the particular formulas used. So it appears that you need an internet connection & a paid upgrade to see all of the steps. If I wanted a tutor, this might work...as long as I didn't leave my 13 year old son around my phone when he was working on his math homework.
I will definitely keep this app for checking homework, but I will not let my teens use it unless they can show me they have finished the work and just want to check their answers.