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MathPapa - Algebra Calculator

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Amanda Bindel, Common Sense Media
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Handy algebra helper with X factor; watch for cheating.

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Educational Value

Demonstrates algebraic problems in straightforward, easy-to-understand method. Allows kids to look at each step to get to a solution.

Ease of Play

Simple to use with examples included.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that MathPapa - Algebra Calculator is available online and as an app to demonstrate algebra solutions step-by-step. No personal information is requested to use the free or paid tool. The free version works as a calculator: Students can enter algebra equations complete with variables and see solutions worked through. The paid version includes algebra lessons and more help. Read the developer's privacy policy for details on how your (or your kids') information is collected, used, and shared and any choices you may have in the matter, and note that privacy policies and terms of service frequently change.

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What's it about?

MATHPAPA - ALGEBRA HELPER looks just like a traditional calculator -- with a few extra symbols and letter variables. Kids can enter their own equations and instantly see a step-by-step solution. They can choose between solving by substitution or solving by elimination when appropriate and see solutions graphed. With the monthly subscription, kids get a full algebra class that includes lessons and practice problems. Account creation isn't necessary, so once kids download the app, they're ready to solve problems.

Is it any good?

This helpful tool goes from free homework helper to full-featured paid algebra tutor in a handy app, but parents will need to make sure it's being used for learning and not cheating. It's impressive how simply, effectively, and quickly the app can solve algebraic equations entered by users -- for free. In the paid version, which is a monthly subscription, kids get complete algebra lessons -- from the basics to advanced concepts, including graphing examples. No login is required. Just enter the equation and get the step-by-step solution. For kids struggling with algebraic thinking, MathPapa - Algebra Helper could be a great tool to support the instruction they get in school, but adult oversight is best so kids don't just use it as a shortcut to easy answers.

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  • Families can talk about how to best use homework helpers like MathPapa - Algebra Calculator to enhance learning. At what point in practice is your family OK with checking answers? What are the disadvantages to getting answers via an app?

  • Discuss real-world applications of algebra. How do you use it in daily life?

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