WolframAlpha – a pretty cool “computational knowledge engine”

I used WolframAlpha quite a bit during finals week and liked it a lot.  It’s pretty neat if you want need to do some calculations and don’t have a calculator handy, or need to look up information on a statistics distribution.  You can also use it to look up something non-math related.  If you type in ‘cat’ it gives you the scientific name and a graphical map of its taxonomy.  If you type in the name of a state it gives you a map, population, average income and other statistics.  It’s also pretty useful for a dictionary, if you type in a word it can give you definitions, word origins, rhyming words, and synonyms. It’s a bit limited on what it understands, but I still think it is pretty cool.  If you haven’t tried it you should check it out.



About amcnabb3

I’m a high school math teacher who loves teaching and photography.

Posted on May 6, 2010, in Math, Miscellaneous and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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