Microsoft Mathematics

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Microsoft Mathematics
Microsoft Math Screenshot
Screenshot of Microsoft Mathematics 4.0 in Windows 7
Developer(s) Microsoft
Stable release 4.0.1108.0000 / January 11, 2011; 3 years ago (2011-01-11)
Development status Active
Operating system Windows XP with Service Pack 3 and later
Type Mathematical software
License Freeware
Website www.microsoft.com/education/en-gb/products/Pages/mathematics.aspx
MSMath.png
Microsoft Math 3: Graphing mode

Microsoft Mathematics (formerly Microsoft Math) is a freely downloadable educational program, designed for Microsoft Windows, that allows users to solve math and science problems. Developed and maintained by Microsoft, it is primarily targeted at students as a learning tool.

A related freeware add-in, called Microsoft Mathematics Add-In for Word and OneNote, is also available from Microsoft that offers comparable functionality (Word 2007 or higher is required).[1][2]

Microsoft Math has received 2008 Award of Excellence from Tech & Learning Magazine.[3]

Features[edit]

Microsoft Math contains features that are designed to assist in solving mathematics, science, and tech-related problems, as well as to educate the user. The application features such tools as a graphing calculator and a unit converter. It also includes a triangle solver, and an equation solver that provides step-by-step solutions to each problem, a feature beneficial to students attempting to learn problem-solving skills.

The standalone version of Microsoft Math 3.0 also has support for calculus and Ink Handwriting, allowing the user to write out problems by hand and have them recognized by Microsoft Math.

This grapher is also suited to multivariable calculus. For example, the parametric mode of the grapher allows the student to graph 3D vector functions.

Versions[edit]

  • Microsoft Math 1.0 – Available only in Microsoft Student 2006
  • Microsoft Math 2.0 – Available only in Microsoft Student 2007
  • Microsoft Math 3.0 – Full-featured version available as a standalone purchasable product and a scaled-down version called Encarta Calculator available as part of Microsoft Student 2008. The full-featured standalone version exclusively includes calculus support, digital ink recognition features and a special display mode for video projectors. The standalone version is also the first version of Microsoft Math to require product activation.[4]
  • Microsoft Mathematics 4.0 – This version was released in 32-bit and 64-bit editions as a free download in January 2011.[5] It features a Ribbon interface.

System requirements[edit]

System requirements for Microsoft Math are:[6]

Minimum requirements Recommended requirements
Processor Pentium 500 MHz or equivalent Pentium 1 GHz or equivalent
Operating system
Microsoft Windows XP SP3 or later
RAM 256 MB 512 MB
Hard drive
65 MB free space
Graphics VGA-capable or better video
card
with 800 x 600 resolution
VGA-capable or better video
card with 1024 x 768 resolution
Other requirements
.NET Framework 3.5 SP1

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Download details: Microsoft Mathematics Add-In for Word and OneNote". Microsoft Download Center. Microsoft Corporation. 17 October 2010. Retrieved 29 November 2010. 
  2. ^ "Free: Microsoft Mathematics Add-In for Word and OneNote released". Microsoft New Zealand Education blog. Microsoft Corporation. 15 August 2010. Retrieved 29 November 2010. 
  3. ^ "Awards of Excellence Winners 2008". Tech & Learning Magazine. 3 January 2009. Retrieved 29 November 2010. 
  4. ^ "Activate your Microsoft games and mapping programs (Revision 9.1)". Microsoft Support. Microsoft Corporation. 25 June 2010. Retrieved 29 November 2010. 
  5. ^ "Microsoft Mathematics 4.0 released for free download". TechNet Blogs. Microsoft. 02011-01-12. 
  6. ^ "Microsoft Math". Microsoft Learning Space. Microsoft Corporation. Retrieved 29 November 2010. 

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