Academic journal article T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education)

Math Type 4.0

Academic journal article T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education)

Math Type 4.0

Article excerpt

As a math teacher, I find Math Type 4.0 to be a vital program for classroom preparation. Math Type is an intelligent editor, automatically resizing or reformatting equations to established rules of mathematical typesetting. Prior to using Math Type, creating practice sheets, study guides or assessments for my students was challenging -- even with a desktop publishing program. Math Type reduces my preparation time by allowing me to create classroom materials quickly and easily.

The Math Type interface is wonderfully intuitive. It is particularly easy for Microsoft Word users; the toolbars are set up in a similar, customizable fashion. I used the software in a school setting for one week. During that time, I did not discover one mathematical construct that couldn't easily be created using Math Type. Simple fractions, geometry proofs and complicated algebraic equations can all be created by using point-and-click commands rather than the traditional multi-step insertions.

Math Type allows toolbar customization to suit particular needs or frequently used procedures. Many operations can also be performed using shortcut keys, enabling familiar users to work even more quickly. For more complex or elaborate equations, Math Type allows fence alignment to be adjusted (characters enclosed by parentheses, bracket and braces).

One drawback to Math Type as a stand-alone program is its awkwardness when typing straight text. The spacing is designed to accommodate mathematical expressions. Therefore, the space bar is not used (spacing between numerals and variables is automatically entered). Math Type is designed to insert professional-quality mathematical spacing, which is not the same as the space character in most fonts. …

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