A little confession from me. I was homeschooled (that's not the confession part), and in 8th grade my algebra textbook had the answers to half the problems in the back. And when I was stumped, I would cheat.
Of course, cheating at math is a terrible way to learn, because the whole point isn't to know the answer to 2x + 2 = 7x - 5, it's to understand the methodology that can solve any like problem.
But what if you could cheat at your homework and learn? That seems to be the premise behind app called Socratic. Or at least that's my takeaway. The app lets you take a picture of a problem (you can also type it in, but that's a little laborious), and it'll not only give you an answer, but the steps necessary to to arrive at that answer — and even detailed explanations of the steps and concepts if you need them.
The app is actually designed to answer any kind of school question — science, history, etc. — but the math thing is the slickest part. For other kinds of questions, Socratic kind of does a bit of Googling, and in my experience can typically find similar word problems on the wide internet, or from its own database of answers. On about half the middle school science problems I tried, the app was able to identify the topic at question and show me additional resources about the concepts involved, but for others it was no more powerful than a simple web search.
But for algebra this thing is sick. I pointed it at 2x + 2 = 7x - 5, which I wrote down at random, and it gave me a 10 step process that results in x = 7/5. It has trouble with word problems, but if you can write down a word problem in math notation it shouldn't be an issue. I also tried it on a weird fraction from an AP algebra exam, which it kind of failed at, but then I swiped over and it was showing me this graph, which included the correct answer:
I love this app, not just because it would've helped 8th grade Paul out of a jam, but because it's such a computery use of computers. You use the tiny computer in your pocket to be basically smarter than you already are. It's technology that augments a human brain, not just a distraction.
The creator of Socratic just open sourced its step-by-step solver, called mathsteps. There are a lot of computer-based algebra solvers out there, but for Socratic they had to do some extra engineering to get at the steps a human would need to solve the same problem.
Also, I'd be remiss not to mention Photomath, which has been doing this since 2014, and actually has step-by-step explanations in the recently released Photomath+ paid version (there's a free trial). I like the Socratic interface and explanations a bit better, but I'm glad to see this is a vibrant market.
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It's way easier to search up things for hw instead of typing I really love the camera. I like how the whole system works!!! It helps me learn how to go search and get the answers for myself.
If I pass this will be the reason.
It's great. Not only does it help find the answers it's shows how. Definitely worth the download.
Favorite app rn
I love this app I use it to check my algebra problems and figure out hard questions. I highly recommend that you download this app it has been so helpful.
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An amazing homework helper
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This app is amazing. It works really well and has helped me improve my grades.
This has been the best app I have found to help me with my kids math.
Awesome Educational Assistant!
I'm 55 years old and taking Chemistry for the first time. I use this when I get stumped on how to solve a problem. ..it's like an electronic tutor 24 hrs a day! 'Learning: making an unknown to become a known'.
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I need some help with some math and I like the way it had different sources and the sources explained what to do and how so you can better understand.
It's amazing, bc of this app I was able to find the answers for my math homework/also get help for parts I didn't understand
Beyond Amazing Tool
I'm in Algebra ll Honors and this app gives me every answer to my homework(s) it also shows the work with steps to help me learn how to do it myself. Great App!