Wolfram Alpha, which has strong roots in mathematics and science educational content, has launched apps called Wolfram Alpha Course Assistants – for algebra, calculus and music. Android versions of the apps are also under development.
The Wolfram Alpha apps use a machine built by the company, which can help users solve complicated mathematical problems. The first app for iPhone, which was based on the company’s core expertise, was priced at $50 though Wolfram Alpha was soon forced to reduce the price by 96 per cent.
The new apps are priced at $2 and $3 and they surprise users not just with the right answers, but also with a step by step explanation of the process by which it was arrived.
It occurred to us that the app could be used by students to cheat. But those who want to learn and are motivated will find the Wolfram Alpha apps incredibly helpful. With the help of these apps, education does not seem like hard work anymore as they teach students with tools. The flip side is that the hard work is done by the smartphone and the app, not by students.