Wolfram Mathematica Comparative Analyses

Math Education Software

Math Education Software
(Geometer's Sketchpad, Cabri, Math Blaster, CalculusWIZ, Dr. Geo, GeoGebra, textbook add-ons, ...)
Mathematica has been a defining force in college-level math education for nearly two decades, responsible for transforming the way subjects like calculus are taught. With innovation after innovation, Mathematica is also transforming K-12 math and science education.
With a long commitment to math education—and with Wolfram MathWorld the world's number one math website—Wolfram Research has launched the Wolfram Demonstrations Project, which contains thousands of compelling and highly graphical interactive demonstrations of math and science spanning elementary to graduate-level education. Immediately accessible on any computer using the free Mathematica Player, the Wolfram Demonstrations Project gives today's students a new level of hands-on experience with math and science concepts.
Traditional math education software has tended to be built using closed systems with a bare minimum of computation capabilities. But with its immensely powerful computational engine and unique interface creation technology, Mathematica redefines what is possible, and makes it realistic even for individual students and educators to create rich open-ended interactive educational content.
With its full symbolic computation capability, support for traditional mathematical notation, 2D and 3D graphics and animation, gamepad control, immediate access to real-world data, and unique ability to integrate interactive elements into documents, Mathematica provides an unprecedented framework for the complete spectrum of math and science education.
Math Education Software Features in Mathematica:
  • Multimedia documents with text, math, animations, sound, links, etc.
  • Extensive support for interactive exploration and simulation
  • User interface suitable for all educational levels
  • Immediate support for interactive geometry
  • Huge library of pre-built interactive content
  • Integrated with hundreds of textbooks
  • 20-year history of courseware development »
  • Broadly adopted by colleges, schools, districts, etc.
  • Global network of teachers and mentors
  • Heavily discounted student and teacher pricing
  • Well-developed site-licensing policies
Key Advantages of Mathematica as Math Education Software:
Interoperability with Math Education Software:
Interesting Tidbits:
  • Wolfram MathWorld is the most visited math site on the web
  • Wolfram Research has been consistently involved in education for two decades
  • Wolfram Research employs many math and science PhDs
  • Many Intel Science Talent winners (as well as Nobel prizewinners) use Mathematica
  • The Wolfram Integrator has computed nearly a billion integrals
  • Mathematica has been ported to the OLPC "$100 laptop"
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