Wolfram|Alpha Ensures a Generation of Kids Will Never Learn Algebra

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jwalch.hawk

I often use Wolfram to evaluate uglier integrals.  I use it sort of like I'd use my calculator for arithmetic - if it would take me longer to reach for my calculator and type in the expression, then I'll just work it out by hand or in my head.

 

I'm not sure how I feel about it showing the intermediate steps, though.  As the author suggests, it's a pretty brain-dead way for students to cheat.  That said, people have been pulling complete solutions from Cramster, Course Hero, etc. for a while now, so it's not like this enabling anything new...

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CentiZen

Why couldn't they have released this a year ago...

 

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D3lt4

It is very useful for special derivatives and integrals that you forget

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SEALBoy

I'm an engineering senior in college, and to me WolframAlpha is a godsend. I've completed my requisite math courses, so I just use it to simply and manipulate large 3rd-order+ equations that I come across.

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Zachary K.

you still need to learn algebra. its like a more advanced calculator, you need to know what is an X is any why you can add it to a number, and what all thoes lines mean on that grid.

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Techrocket9

You learn that in PreAlgebra. After that, Wolfram can probably do everything for you.

 

 

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reutnes

I found this to be very helpful for the first semester of my math course.  For the entire semester, it's nothing but review.  Number of new things learned in math class so far this year?  Zero.  If the teacher thinks I'm going to waste my time "learning" something I already know by doing 40 problems by hand, she's got another thing coming.  I have better things to do with my time, and Wolfram helps me get there.

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knexkid

As a freshman in college, I can tell you that wolfram alpha is possibly one of the greatest gifts the internet gods have given us. This little website pretty much makes math obsolete, as it can do my integrals, derivatives, and probably a whole bunch more stuff that I don't even know exists yet. I have it bookmarked. Hell I don't know why I don't just set it to my homepage.....oh ya, cause maxpc is my homepage!

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Who

The times this would've been useful were about 2 years ago for me :(

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Techrocket9

I don't know why, but I find this hilarious.

 

 

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rodjav305

I find it very helpful and only encourage it when you are stuck on a problem.

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JohnP

 Well, I guess you could power up the IPhone or break out a netbook.. Shoot, I was just showing off my slide rule to someone. There, I had to track the damn decimal point. Nothing like being off by a factor of 100 or so.

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