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Wolfram launches seven course assistant apps on Windows Phone to turn you into a math whiz

After officially launching WolframAlpha for Windows Phone and Windows 8.1 earlier this year, Wolfram is now providing seven new course assistant apps. The apps -- which are powered by the WolframAlpha computational knowledge engine -- are designed to assist you in solving math problems and learning new concepts with ease.

Algebra Course Assistant

First up is the Algebra Course Assistant, which covers topics found in Algebra I, Algebra II, and College Algebra:

  • Evaluate any numeric expression or substitute a value for a variable.
  • Simplify fractions, square roots, or any other expression.
  • Solve a simple equation or a system of equations for specific variables.
  • Plot basic, parametric, or polar plots of the function(s) of your choice.
  • Expand any polynomial.
  • Factor numeric expressions, polynomials, and symbolic expressions.
  • Divide any two expressions.
  • Find the partial fraction decomposition of rational expressions.

As with all Wolfram apps, Algebra Course Assistant is universal (buy it once and use on both Windows and Windows Phone), and is available now for $1.99.

QR: Algebra Course Assistant

Calculus Course Assistant

For students taking calculus courses, the Calculus Course Assistant is bound to come in handy. The $2.99 app aims to teach you concepts from Calculus, AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC, Calculus I, and Calculus II:

  • Evaluate any numeric expression or substitute a value for a variable.
  • Plot basic, parametric, or polar plots of the function(s) of your choice.
  • Determine the limit of a function as it approaches a specific value.
  • Differentiate any function or implicit function.
  • Find the critical points and inflection points of a function.
  • Identify the local and absolute extrema of a function.
  • Integrate a function, with or without limits.
  • Sum a function given a lower and upper bound.
  • Find the closed form of a sequence or generate terms for a specific sequence.

Here are the links for Calculus Course Assistant:

QR: Calculus Course Assistant

Multivariable Calculus Course Assistant

If you're taking Multivariable Calculus, Advanced Calculus, or Vector Calculus, look no further than the Multivariable Calculus Course Assistant, which lets you:

  • Evaluate any numeric expression, or substitute a value for a variable
  • Plot 2D or 3D functions of your choice
  • Determine the limit of a function as it approaches a specific value or values
  • Differentiate any single or multivariable function
  • Find the critical points and saddle points of a function
  • Calculate the gradient of a function
  • Identify the local extrema of a function
  • Find the single, double, or triple integral of a function
  • Determine the dot or cross product of two vectors
  • Calculate the divergence or curl of a vector field

The Multivariable Calculus Course Assistant app costs $4.99, and can be downloaded from the links below.

QR: Multivariable Calculus Course Assistant

Linear Algebra Course Assistant

Need to solve a system of equations, or work with matrices (learning about eigenvectors can be quite challenging) in linear algebra? Linear Algebra Course Assistant is here to guide you:

  • Solve an equation or a system of equations
  • Add or subtract any two vectors
  • Find the cross product or dot product for two vectors
  • Find the dimensions, transpose, adjugate, rank, inverse, determinant, and reduced row echelon form of a matrix
  • Calculate a matrix product
  • Add and subtract matrices
  • Compute linear transformations
  • Determine subspaces, including row space, column space, and null space
  • Find the characteristic equation, eigenvalues, and eigenvectors of a matrix

QR: Linear Algebra Course Assistant

Pre-Algebra Course Assistant

For those taking pre-algebra courses, the Pre-Algebra Course Assistant is here:

  • Find the divisors and prime factorization of a number
  • Calculate the GCD and LCM of two numbers
  • Determine the percent change
  • Reduce and round numbers
  • Evaluate expressions
  • Solve equations and simplify expressions
  • Convert units of length, area, volume, and weight
  • Compute the mean, median, and mode of a dataset
  • Plot equations on the coordinate plane
  • Graph inequalities on a number line
  • Calculate the area, surface area, or volume of a geometric figure
  • Find the midpoint, slope, and distance between two points

QR: Pre-Algebra Course Assistant

Precalculus Course Assistant

Wolfram is also offering a course assistant for students taking precalculus classes. The $1.99 Precalculus Course Assistant app allows you to:

  • Evaluate any numeric expression or substitute a value for a variable
  • Solve a single equation or a system of equations
  • Plot functions on the x-y plane or draw a parametric or polar plot
  • Determine the sine, cosine, and tangent of a specific angle in a right triangle
  • Simplify, expand, or factor trigonometric functions
  • Find the partial fraction decomposition of an expression
  • Calculate the dot product, cross product, and magnitude of two vectors
  • Identify the mean, median, mode, and standard deviation of a set of data
  • Calculate permutations and combinations

QR: Precalculus Course Assistant

Statistics Course Assistant

And finally, if you're keen on finding out the chances of Arsenal winning something this year, you should take a statistics course. And then buy Statistics Course Assistant to guide you along the way. Here's what you get for $1.99:

  • Create a bar chart, histogram, or scatter plot of any set of data
  • Find the mean, median, mode, standard deviation, quartiles, and interquartile range of a dataset
  • Calculate normal probabilities and find information about the normal distribution
  • Calculate binomial probabilities and find information about the binomial distribution
  • Compute probabilities based on dice rolls and coin flips
  • Find the best-fit line of a set of data points
  • Select random integers or random real numbers

QR: Statistics Course Assistant

71 Comments
  • great thanks
  • these were released weeks ago
  • Would you rather they weren't reported on at all?!
  • Then you should have tipped us instead of telling us 2 weeks later. Dissapointed.
  • But Daniel, I tipped you on twitter and I don't see any mention of that in the article.
  • I assumed it was on purpose and that they were not 'mainstream' enough given they were available when the existence of the Wolfram alpha app was reported? Nevermind eh
  • So I take it that you'll be switching sites now and never coming back since they've disappointed you so severely? Yeah, I thought so.
  • Ha! You having a hypothetical conversation with yourself there? Don't think I made any reference to how disappointed or otherwise I may have felt at the initial lack of coverage. But you go ahead and think what ever pleases you......."yeah, thought so" LOL
  • So.... Does it provide kind of tutorials to us????
  • Thanks! This gonna be of great help to me! Multivariable Calculus was the app I needed...
  • +929
  • That's pricey
  • Maybe you think so, but for the people they're targeted at the asking price really isn't a lot considering the benefit they could get from it. Things like this shouldn't ever be free. There's far too much hard work goes into producing them.
  • Agreed!
  • Re: Richard Devine,
    I agree. I actually think that "free" should be limited to trials. If someone's "work" is useful, it deserves to be respected and supported. My opinion.
  • Seriously? An HP financial calculator (required when I was in college in the mid- and late 80s) cost about $100. $2.99 is the cost of the coffee sitting in front of me.
  • Whoa that's expensive coffee. Anyways I agree. The price is really competitive and the developer definitely spent a chunk of his/her/their time in creating the app. Support developers! Posted via Windows Phone Central App for Android!
  • Considering how useful this would have been to me 3 years ago when I was taking calculus, I'd have fronted the money up gladly. $2/$3 is cheap. A reasonable TI will set you back $150 and it won't be nearly as nice to use or powerful. Same reason I think the standalone Wolframalpha app is absolutely killer for this price. Must have if you're a student. You can literally solve things in seconds as opposed to inputting them on a calculator that was conceived during the dawn of the bronze era.
  • Except that you can't take this app with you to the examination or even the classroom. I really don't think these apps can replace the convenience of actual scientific calculators
  • Are these universal apps?
  • Read the article.
  • Shoot. I only read the first paragraph. Thanks
  • Lucky me! I'm taking four math courses this semester so these are really gonna save my bacon.
  • I'm having two math courses this semester and this'll definitely help me!
  • make it free
  • Why? Do you have any idea just how much research goes into the Wolfram Alpha/Mathematica engine? All that work for no pay? I'm sure you wouldn't like to work for free either.
  • How about your show your respect and tip the developers for their time and effort? How's that sound?
  • Re: iamsagar,
    Geez. Arrogant, self-deserving or begging?
  • Work for me for free.
  • Hi Sam! How you doin' there? Were you successful in the secret mission? I mean, were you able to find some blueprints / leaks of what 'Windows 10 for phone' will look like? *jk* Nice to see you around!
  • LOL man are you joking.Will you work for me free.
  • Respect to the devs on this app, Asking for this for free is a insult! Would you a free app? Nope
  • Why is that a insult. How do you know the developers are not being paid for there work? Daniel writes/works - for us.. I don't pay him, Windows Central does.
  • What logic. I want to die right now. I think there is no such thing as common sense these days smfh
  • Yeah hahah
  • Windows Central must be getting most of its money from ads. Wolfram doesn't have any ads, last I checked. So the cost of development + cost of maintaining servers will obviously have to be recovered from somewhere else like apps, or subscription fees
  • Wow. So all of Microsoft's Software should be free because MS pays the developers, they don't need us to pay them too, right?
  • Wow.
    Wolfram on a roll lately...
    If they could only convince their 'Sister-company' Touchpress LLC to develop for Windows too, my app-gap would've been solved.
  • Will like it.
  • Well just when I finally made it trough all those courses they release this... ¬¬
  • Haha, same. I just said goodbye to school forever!
  • Wonderful, but can't buy them, would have loved to, but I can't pay for the app, wish carrier billing was available in my country Nigeria
  • Try PayPal, I'm not sure if its work but give it a shot. In my country Dominican Republic we have special credit card for buying everywhere, like pay as you go, accepted internationally. You should ask to the banks in your country if they have something like that.
  • I buy apps all the time am in Nigeria use a master card or try PayPal and make sure your region is Nigeria, hope u are not using Cortana right now ?
  • Don't need a statistical engine to work out Arsenal's chances of winning anything........
  • Football talk....really?!
  • Hahaha! Best comment!
  • Hahaha Good humorous comment.
  • Developers should have put these all apps into one app as an update to wolfram app,I bought the original app earlier
  • Or go to khanacademy.org and learn it all free.
  • Sheesh, no love for transformation functions :-/
  • +929
  • Where can I get that cover from? It's so cool!
  • @boldestbold:
    Are you kidding? Is this a (half-assed) attempt at a clever inside-joke?
    If there's anything really annoying about WindowsCentral, it's the constant stream of ads for their phone accessories-shop embedded in the news-stream.
    [Which is still branded as "WPcentral"-store by the way.]
  • Why are there no posts recently?
  • Weekends.
  • I'm a big fan of all things math. I downloaded all of them.
  • @jamearl:
    Wow, you must be a very LOADED fan of all things math then...
  • By the way: I'm no freeloader. I don't think all apps should be available for free.
    I just think that 0.99 is a good median between developer reward and consumer interest.
    It happens so often that you (seem to) like an app, but after a while you loose that feeling of satisfaction with the app. In that case a price of 0.99 is far more reconcilable than say 4.99. And the incentive for developers is the chance to target a broader audience with a lower price.
    But if any apps are worth the price-tag of 2.99 they're Wolframs'.
    I bought the WolframAlpha app shortly after launch; have only used it sparsely since, but I wanted to reward them for supporting Windows finally.
  • Lol, must be a hotshot to afford $14 of software
  • @markdotinc:
    Clearly a high-roller. ;-)
  • Nice
  • Last time I wanted to buy this app, it was not available on my region
  • It would be nice if we could buy them as a package deal (instead of paying for them all individually).
  • Could have really used this when I was taking engineering in school.
  • Geometry?
  • Side note... Pictured in this article was a phone in a case I haven't seen before. Does anyone know what the case is called or Mfg name? And we need to support all developers as long as they have a product worth buying. Read reviews first...
  • My homeboy, Windows Central, gets cited http://www.winbeta.org/news/wolfram-alpha-releases-seven-new-math-course-assistant-apps-windows 
  • Make it free
  • Yay... Useful app
  • Does it require an internet connection?