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

Theorist Interactive's Livemath Maker 3.0.1

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

Theorist Interactive's Livemath Maker 3.0.1

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LiveMath Maker 3.0.1 is an exciting new addition to a family of software products designed to enhance mathematics education from pre-algebra through differential equations. The program allows users to interact with math through the creation of dynamic notebooks. Users input math problems using standard symbols -- no longer using "^" for an exponent or "/" for divide. You simply enter a polynomial to factor, a binomial to expand, a function to graph, an equation to solve or an expression to integrate. You can even multiply two matrices and solve the quadratic formula, all step-by-step. Users can print math problems directly from the program, or copy and paste them into other documents to make picture-perfect handouts, homework, tests, notes, HTML documents or PowerPoint presentations. The program comes with a library of more than 1,000 lessons covering topics such as the Pythagorean theorem and vector calculus.

A unique aspect of the program is its dynamic recalculation feature. It allows students to change any value in a problem and immediately see the changes in each step. For example, if a student graphs y = [x.sup.2], then replaces the 2 with a 3, the program immediately updates the graph to reflect the change. The feature also applies to symbolic manipulations. Its tactile environment encourages students to solve an equation by dragging-and-dropping terms. Students also have the freedom to explore mathematics in full color. …

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