Friday, January 14, 2011

iPhone Apps as Study Guides

Great idea, although a little pricey - costs more than the standalone Wolfram Alpha app.
The Ultimate Study Guide: Wolfram Alpha Launches "Course Assistant" Apps:
The computational knowledge engine Wolfram|Alpha is launching the first three of a series of new "course assistant" apps today. These apps, available for iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad, are designed to take advantage of the Wolfram|Alpha technology in the service of supporting some of the most popular courses in high school and college.

The idea is to be able to quickly access the pertinent capabilities of Wolfram|Alpha relevant for specific subject areas. Currently, these subject areas are Algebra, Calculus, and Music Theory. But the company says it plans to add apps for other subjects - "for every major course, from elementary school to graduate school," - including those fields outside math and science.

The Wolfram Course Assistant apps guide users through coursework in order to help them solve problems - not just provide answers. As with any query you enter via Wolfram|Alpha, a lot of additional information is generated in order to help you understand the answer - and the context of the answer.

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