Thursday, September 9, 2010

Wolfram Alpha

Math teachers! Social Sciences teachers! Any content teacher! Imagine Google as a learning tool that doesn't just spit out websites that contain your query, rather it presents an answer to your question systematically. The makers of a new website, wolframalpha.com have set out to do just that. Wolframalpha.com is a powerful search and query tool that can be used in instruction for student research.
O yes... and there's an app for it too. Find it on iTunes App Store.

From the About section of Wolfram Alpha's webpage:

Wolfram|Alpha's long-term goal is to make all systematic knowledge immediately computable and accessible to everyone. We aim to collect and curate all objective data; implement every known model, method, and algorithm; and make it possible to compute whatever can be computed about anything. Our goal is to build on the achievements of science and other systematizations of knowledge to provide a single source that can be relied on by everyone for definitive answers to factual queries.

Wolfram|Alpha aims to bring expert-level knowledge and capabilities to the broadest possible range of people—spanning all professions and education levels. Our goal is to accept completely free-form input, and to serve as a knowledge engine that generates powerful results and presents them with maximum clarity.

Wolfram|Alpha is an ambitious, long-term intellectual endeavor that we intend will deliver increasing capabilities over the years and decades to come. With a world-class team and participation from top outside experts in countless fields, our goal is to create something that will stand as a major milestone of 21st century intellectual achievement.

Try it out for yourself!
Enter a calculation: $305 + 15%
Enter a formula: x^3 sin (2x)
Enter a date: December 7, 1941
Enter a place: Butte, Montana
And much, much more!


Take it a Step Further with Wolfram's Mathematica Player Software
Click below for a demo!

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