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Parents' Guide to

6284 Calc

By Dana Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Helpful for quick math answers; carries risk of cheating.

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Many high school students will love this app because it can be handy for checking answers on homework and finding quick answers in a pinch, but it can also be a tool for cheating. If kids don't enter the information correctly or if they don't understand the concepts in the equations, 6284 Calc may become little more than the modern-day version of a cheat sheet. For it to be most useful, students would need to buy the "Show Steps" option so they can actually see the process to get to the right answer. The Daily Life Math section seems like it could be the most helpful for quick math answers and least likely used as a cheat sheet, so that's a good place for teens to start. If your kid is supposed to memorize formulas for math class, this is likely not a great app, since the whole point is to have the formulas embedded in the app. Still, for kids who really struggle and who don't have a one-on-one tutor, this might be an OK shortcut with supervision.

App Details

  • Devices: iPhone , iPod Touch , iPad
  • Subjects: Math : algebra, calculus, fractions, functions, geometry
  • Pricing structure: Free (with optional in-app purchases)
  • Release date: October 14, 2016
  • Category: Education
  • Publisher: Amit Kalra
  • Version: 1.0.3
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 9 or later
  • Last updated: November 29, 2016

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