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

In summary, the conversation discusses the benefits of getting a Wolfram Alpha Pro account for a beginner who is interested in learning math. The speaker suggests that getting the extended features may be too much for someone at a grade 12 level, but it could also help make connections and improve understanding. They also mention alternative free tools and resources for learning math.
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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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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)
 
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julianwitkowski said:
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!

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.
 
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Thanks I'll check those tools. Thanks for your reply.
 
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I believe that Wolfram Alpha is a valuable tool for beginners and experienced mathematicians alike. The free version offers a wide range of features that can be useful for learning and exploring math concepts. However, the extended features offered in the pro account can be beneficial for those who are serious about their mathematical studies and want to delve deeper into complex calculations and data analysis.

For someone at a grade 12 level, the pro account may offer more advanced features that may not be necessary for their current level of understanding. However, I do believe that exploring and experimenting with these features can help make connections and deepen one's understanding of math concepts.

Ultimately, the decision to invest in a pro account should be based on your personal goals and level of interest in mathematics. If you are enthusiastic about learning and want to expand your knowledge, then the pro account may be worth it for you. Otherwise, the free version of Wolfram Alpha is still a valuable resource for beginners.
 

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