# Reviewing Microsoft Mathematics, a Student-Friendly Calculator & Formulas Tool

#### Ashish Mundhra

##### 02 Sep 2011

Mathematics is one of those subjects that needs more than just learning to master. One has to work hard, understand all the logics, explore every gamut and solve problems to excel.

Unfortunately, Math is also one of those subjects that gives nightmares to the majority of students. I have had my share of those when I was in school. In this post we will talk about a free software provided by Microsoft that aims to lessen this pain of students. Lets check it out.

Microsoft Mathematics 4.0 is a freeware that helps people to solve and understand mathematical concepts with visual effect and easy to understand steps. It contains wide range of tools to help people solve math problems and to make sure they are never afraid to solve the next one. ## Amazing Features of Microsoft Mathematics

Here are some of the noteworthy features of Microsoft Mathematics that make it the best:

## Notebook like display One of the best things about the calculator is notebook like display for a problem and its solution. All the signs like integration, exponential, pie etc. in an equation are written as a student writes it on his notebook. It includes a full-featured graphing calculator that’s designed to work just like a hand-held calculator.

## Automatic drawing recognition At times if you are confused as to how to enter a certain equation using the keyboard you can switch to ink mode from the toolbar and start drawing your equation. Microsoft Mathematics will read your drawing and will try its best to translate it into an equation as shown below. Of course 100% detection is not promised but it’s worth the shot.

## Create 2D and 3D graphs Microsoft Mathematics has built in, full-featured graphing calculator for the students. Generating and working on 2D and 3D Cartesian graphs is a cake walk with Microsoft Mathematics. A student can now play with variables in the equation and instantly see the effects. An animated Trace function shows how values change at different points along the graph.

## Formulas and Equations Library The application has over more than 100 commonly used equations and formulae to help students to identify and apply equations.

## The Step-by-Step Equation Solver Microsoft Mathematics not only provides you with an answer but also shows you how the equation was actually solved with easy to understand steps.

## My Verdict

Microsoft Mathematics is an amazing tool for both students and teachers. I cannot tell you how much I regret not knowing about this tool just a year ago when I was doing my engineering. I am not sure if any other such free tool is available that can compare with the features that Microsoft Mathematics has. Do you know about any such tool? Tell us in the comments.

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