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Wolfram alpha -- worth it for a beginner to get a wolfram alpha pro acct?

  1. Jan 29, 2015 #1
    Is it worth it for a beginner to get a wolfram alpha pro acct?

    I'm interested in learning math and I find the free tools great.

    I'm curious as to how people that know how to do math think of wolfram. Do you think having the extended features would be too much for someone at a gr 12 u level? ... Or do you think that looking at this stuff will help me make connections I might not otherwise?

    Thanks!
     
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  3. Jan 29, 2015 #2

    jedishrfu

    Staff: Mentor

    I don't know how much bang for the buck you'll get but I think you'd be better spending your money on an interesting math book.

    As far as tools go, there's freemat, octave and pyzo that will allow you explore numerical math. They don't teach but they allow you to write a program to numerically integrate equations and to display the results in a variety of formats.

    The mathispower4u website have many videos some for first year college math
    that you might like to peruse. (see http://www.mathispower4u.yolasite.com)
     
    Last edited: Mar 4, 2015
  4. Jan 29, 2015 #3
    Not sure about the version but I remember when I was doing my undergrad I was using Mathematicas student version which was very cheap compared to the pro version. We actually used Maple in Uni but I strongly recommend getting this softwares as you can learn from them and use them for anything even research. These tools are great to check your answers for home work as well as projects. The Mathematica and Maple have full documentations build in them as you don't need any extra books to learn using them. If you planning to do Science or Engineering in the future I strongly recommend these softwares and they also fun to use.
     
  5. Jan 30, 2015 #4
    Thanks I'll check those tools. Thanks for your reply.
     
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