Desmos (graphing)

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Desmos
Desmos logo.svg
Type of site
Online graphing calculator
OwnerDesmos, Inc.
Websitewww.desmos.com
Alexa rankPositive decrease 3,811 (October 2019)
RegistrationOptional
Launched2011
Current statusOnline
Written inHTML, JavaScript

Desmos is an advanced graphing calculator implemented as a web application and a mobile application written in JavaScript[1]. It was founded by Eli Luberoff - a math and physics double major from Yale University,[2] and was launched as a startup at TechCrunch's Disrupt New York conference in 2011.[3] As of September 2012, it had received around 1 million US dollars of funding from Kapor Capital, Learn Capital, Kindler Capital, Elm Street Ventures and Google Ventures.[4] In addition to graphing both equations and inequalities, it also features lists, plots, regressions, interactive variables, graph restriction, simultaneous graphing, piecewise function graphing, polar function graphing, two types of graphing grids — among other computational features commonly found in a programmable calculator. It can also be used in several different languages.[5][6][7]

Users can create accounts and save the graphs and plots that they have created to them. A permalink can then be generated which allow users to share their graphs and elect to be considered for staff picks. The tool comes pre-programmed with 35 different example graphs for the purpose of teaching new users about the tool and the mathematics involved.[8]

A modified version of the calculator has been used in standardized tests, such as the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness test and the Virginia Standards of Learning (SOL's).[9] Moreover, activity modules for classrooms can be created through a teacher account, which allow instructors to view students' work and response in real-time.[10]

Another peculiar use of the calculator involves the creation of graphic arts — which involves an elaborated use of curve modelling through equations and inequalities.[11][12] As of April 2017, Desmos also released a browser-based 2D interactive geometry tool, with supporting features including the plotting of points, lines, circles and polygons.[13][14]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Desmos API v1.0 documentation". www.desmos.com.
  2. ^ Erick Schonfeld (June 24, 2011). "Math Geeks, Rejoice! The Desmos Graphing Calculator Is Here, It's Online And It's Free". TechCrunch.
  3. ^ Rip Empson (May 25, 2011). "Build And Share Rich Educational Content With Desmos". TechCrunch.
  4. ^ "Desmos gets Google Ventures funding for next-gen graphing calculator". Gigaom. 2012-09-26. Retrieved 2017-05-15.
  5. ^ "Desmos user guide" (PDF).
  6. ^ "Dynamic and Dynamite Desmos Demos". sites.google.com. Retrieved 2016-07-13.
  7. ^ "Desmos: A Definitive Guide in Graphing and Computing | Math Vault". 2016-07-12. Retrieved 2016-07-13.
  8. ^ "Desmos graph". Desmos Graphing Calculator. Retrieved 2019-06-21.
  9. ^ "Texas District Pilots Desmos as Alternative to Graphing Calculators (EdSurge News)". EdSurge. 2015-04-30. Retrieved 2016-03-16.
  10. ^ "Starting a Desmos Class Activity". Desmos. Retrieved 2019-06-21.
  11. ^ "Desmos | Staff Picks: Creative Art". Desmos.com. Retrieved 2019-06-21.
  12. ^ "Desmos Art: A Definitive Guide to Computational Sketching". Math Vault. 2016-08-03. Retrieved 2019-06-21.
  13. ^ "The Desmos Geometry Tool - Des-blog". blog.desmos.com. Retrieved 2019-06-21.
  14. ^ "Desmos | Geometry". www.desmos.com. Retrieved 2019-06-21.

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