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5 Best Apps for Data Handling and Statistics

Data Handling refers to the mathematics curriculum topic sometimes called 'statistics' and is related to the collection and recording of information. 

Students need to be able to present data in a way which makes it easy for others to read and interpret and be able to analyse trends and patterns in their data. This topics includes: graphs and charts, averages (including mode, median and mean), probability as well as plotting co-ordinates. 

Here are our 5 top data handling apps for students to represent statistics on graphs, giving them a chance to study patterns and trends easily.

Action Graphing

( iPhone, iPad )

This is a high school game-based learning app that teaches motion graphs and kinematics in a entertaining yet secretly challenging way. Discover through analysing movement and calculating motion how graphs can be used to illustrate journeys, and at the same time help Ruggles find ice cream! The graph feature is fully interactive. Co-ordinates can be displayed by simply tapping on the grid and a helpful triangle appears if you tap and hold on one co-ordinate and drag to the next co-ordinate. The mathematics is presented logically as well as being very user-friendly.

HP Prime Pro

( Android, iPhone, iPad )

A scientific and graphical calculator in one - this app is designed to replicate the HP Prime Graphing Calculator, but extends the scope of a traditional scientific calculator with its built in Apps library. This includes two solvers (linear and triangle), three explorers (linear, quadratic and trigonometric), a dynamic geometry function as well as spreadsheet, finance and data streaming functions. It includes core functions needed at GCSE level such as powers, roots, logarithms, trigonometric functions, etc. and combines this with graphical features encountered after children have left secondary school.

Curve Plotter

( iPhone, iPad )

With Curve Plotter, maths and science students will find line graphs can be quickly constructed and analysed. It is relatively easy to produce a graph with these apps as well as generating the useful calculations required to find the pattern or relationship between variables. Curve Plotter compliments Curve Fitter (the other app by this developer) in layout and style. This version of the app will allow the user to enter an expression or function relating two variables and generate the corresponding line graph. Again by selecting an icon on the screen the ‘expression builder’ box will open for you to edit. The expected range of mathematical operations is offered along with ‘powers’, ‘exponentials’ and ‘trigonometry’. A record is kept of all expressions that have been entered so that previous graphs can quickly be accessed.

Quick Graph is a detailed graphing calculator that plots points, graphs lines, equations, and shapes on a coordinate plane, as well as a 3-dimensional plane. Quick Graph can be used in formal learning environments where the teacher teaches the lesson, and students use the app to practice and strengthen skills learned.

Desmos Graphing Calculator

( Android, iPhone, iPad )

Desmos is the next generation of the graphing calculator. The Desmos Graphing Calculator automatically solves and graphs equations for users. The calculator can plot a variety of different equations, from lines to parabolas and more. It can take a set of data and create a graph. It supports functions and inequalities; it can graph exponents and logs, trig functions, precalculus and calculus problems, and even statistics and probability. The uses of Desmos are unlimited in the math class.