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Mathway

Math Problem Solver

  • Android, iPad, iPhone
  • Free
  • age 12+

About Mathway

Mathway is one of the most useful free calculator app that offers instant answers to the users most complex math equations. The app practically solves anything from basic math problems, geometry,algebra to more complex calculus equations and trigonometry. Mathway is an app as well as a website and are compatible with browsers, iPhone, iPad, and Android devices.

The free version only gives the answers, but a subscription will give step-by-step solutions to problems in a wide variety of math types. It is a highly recommended app for all students who are struggling with math problems. An excellent topic glossary and intuitive interface make for straightforward use.

Teacher Review

Mathway helps students to learn by providing solutions to maths problems.  Used appropriately, Mathway will ensure that students can get on with their practice and further their learning while being confident that they have understood the maths.

Students can learn how to solve a huge variety of maths problems using Mathway. It teaches, not by setting problems but by solving ones that a student encounters in their work, such as in a textbook or on a worksheet. It covers a wide variety of maths topics including algebra, trigonometry, and calculus.

There is something almost magical about using Mathway. You can type in a maths problem but you can also just take a photograph of it.  Once the photo has been cropped to cover only the problem in question, the app gets to work and shows students the answer. Another option is to say the problem to the app and it will turn your words into an on-screen problem.  If you choose to type in the problem, the app uses a very comprehensive keyboard that has all of the maths symbols you might need.

The app is very effective at recognising the problem however it is set. It is no less able when it comes to solving the problem and does so accurately and quickly.  

Free vs. Paid

The basic Mathway app, which lets you solve problems using its virtual calculators, is free. If you want to see the steps that go into solving the problems, you have to pay. Upgrading to the paid version costs either a $9.99 monthly subscription or $39.99 per year.

Mathway is great for confirming that students have reached the correct answer. In most cases, students with a list of maths problems to solve for homework have no way of checking them until the next day.  If they have a fundamental misunderstanding they will have put in a disheartening amount of effort to achieve a series of wrong answers. If they had this app, they could check that they have got the first one correct and proceed knowing that they understand the process.

Should that first answer be incorrect, students can check back on their notes or use the app to look at the correct methods and improve their learning.  The route to the answer can be illustrated by the app but these mostly require a subscription to activate them.  Doing so extends its educational usefulness.

Students will have to be disciplined with this app as it could also be very effective at cheating on homework. Of course, taking this route would deny students the chance of learning the topic set for them but temptation can be hard to ignore. With the option to show the different steps active, it would be impossible for a teacher to detect the assistance of an app in helping a student to complete their homework. 

Students need to be trusted, however. There have always been ways for them to hide a lack of effort or understanding.  It would be a shame to deny students the benefits that Mathway could bring them but they should be shown how it is best used to help them learn rather than as a shortcut to a correct answer.

Mathway is an amazing maths tool that not too long ago would have been quite impossible to imagine.  For students who are self-motivated, disciplined and keen to learn independently it will be a very useful and educational tool. Get the free download and see how easy it is to capture a maths problem and turn it into a solution.

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App Details

Teacher Ratings

Devices

Android, iPad, iPhone

Price

Free

Category

Skills

Critical Thinking
Academic Relevance

Safeguarding

In-App Purchases - Yes

In-App Advertising - No

Publisher

Bagatrix, Inc.

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Publisher's Description

With millions of users and billions of problems solved, Mathway is the world's #1 math problem solver. From basic algebra to complex calculus, Mathway instantly solves your most difficult math problems - simply type your problem in (or point your camera and snap a pic!) to receive instant free answers. Need detailed step-by-step solutions? Mathway is like a private tutor in the palm of your hand, providing instant homework help anywhere, anytime.

Mathway covers:
- Basic Math
- Pre-Algebra
- Algebra
- Trigonometry
- Precalculus
- Calculus
- Statistics
- Finite Math
- Linear Algebra
- Chemistry
- Graphing

Got a math problem? Just ask Mathway.

"Easy to use and efficient, Mathway appeals to anyone who needs help solving mathematical problems, whether we're talking about high-school students or undergraduates." - Yahoo! News

"If you've got some math problems that need solving, check out Mathway. This tool will show you how it reached its answer, letting you learn from the process." - CNET

"Mathway is an irreplaceable tool when it comes to problem solving. The app helps you do your maths homework. Not only does it do your assignment for you, it teaches you how to do it right. All you have to do is put the equation in and press the Enter button." - Lifehack

Mathway provides answers to your problems completely free of charge. For step-by-step solutions, a monthly (19.99) or annual (79.99) subscription is available.
– Payment will be charged to iTunes Account at confirmation of purchase
– Subscription automatically renews unless auto-renew is turned off at least 24-hours before the end of the current period
– Account will be charged for renewal within 24-hours prior to the end of the current period, at the same monthly (19.99) or annual (79.99) rate selected at the beginning of the subscription
– Subscriptions may be managed by the user and auto-renewal may be turned off by going to the user's Account Settings after purchase

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