Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Google's latest math trick

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Compare the Google result with WolframAlpha. Since we search all the time it's convenient to have this feature inside of Google. But we've had WolframAlpha for while. So it's good to have choices. Right? Well, most of the time. With vulnerable math students using the same graphing software can be a plus. Think of it as a bicycle with training wheels. Once the training is successfully over switching bicycles can indeed be fun. But most math students have struggled with staying on the bicycle even with training wheels moving from one software app to another until they collide head on with their fragile knowledge of math and give up. (Refer to my "Ok, if you say so." story in Mathematical Encounters.)