A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What parents need to know
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.
Talk to your kids about ...
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?
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
- Subjects: Math: algebra
- Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: part-whole relationships, problem solving, thinking critically
Self-Direction: academic development
- Price: Free to try
- Pricing structure: Free to try (free seven-day trial, then $9.99/mo.; $59.99/year)
- Release date: November 6, 2018
- Category: Education
- Topics: STEM, High School, Middle School
- Size: 31.10 MB
- Publisher: MathPapa, Inc.
- Version: 1.3.3
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 8.0 or later; Android 4.4 and up
- Last updated: September 16, 2021
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