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Worth paying the extra money and upgrading to Wolfram Alpha pro?

  1. Aug 12, 2012 #1
    Do you guys think it is worth paying the extra money and upgrading to Wolfram Alpha pro?
     
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  3. Aug 12, 2012 #2

    AGNuke

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    Re: Wolfram Alpha

    Why? As far as I am concerned, I can get all my work from Wolfram|Alpha for free. But if you want to use some hi-fi functions, then you can upgrade, else for simpler work like your integration, free version is same as pro.
     
  4. Aug 12, 2012 #3

    bcrowell

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    Re: Wolfram Alpha

    No. Why not learn how to accomplish the same tasks using free and open-source software such as Maxima, Octave, and Gnuplot? Then you aren't letting a company lock you into their product that costs money. Wolfram is particularly evil. I bought a copy of Mathematica from them in the 90's, then upgraded my computer's OS and it stopped working. I called and asked them how to fix the problem, and they told me to buy a new copy of Mathematica. This was one of the experiences that led me to ditch proprietary software and never look back.
     
  5. Aug 13, 2012 #4
    Re: Wolfram Alpha

    You are correct guys, I will rely on myself and try to accomplish these tasks by myself to improve my mathematical skills.
    Also, considering I'm only a high school student, the free version should be more than enough.
     
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