Maths - In the spotlight

11th November 2011 at 00:00
Web whizz of the week - Wolfram Alpha

What is it?

In a new series of videos on TES Resources, Craig Barton takes teachers on a weekly tour around a different maths website and offers tips and suggestions on how to get the most out of it.

He demonstrates the Wolfram Alpha mathematical search engine in this video. Try the site for yourself and don't forget to tell other teachers what you think.

How can it be used?

The website can be used in a similar way to Google, but it can also handle very high-level maths such as calculus and logic, as well as histories, statistics and definitions. It shows the steps required to solve problems, creating graphs as you go. Enter coordinates, properties, solve equations and even create PDFs of the materials and print them out as worksheets for your students.

If you have five minutes at the end of a lesson, try it with your pupils - it's powerful and fun, and there is an also an app for iPhones.


See all Craig's Web Whizz videos on TES Resources and give feedback.

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