yHomework - Math Solver
By Ashley Kemper,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Solve math problems, see process, pay for extended use.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this app.
Kids can learn how to solve a variety of math problems by using yHomework - Math Solver. The app may be especially helpful for kids who want to check homework or need help figuring out their notes from class. Kids can input a variety of math problems, including basic algebraic equations, percent ratios, and trigonometry. Steps are highlighted when the answer is revealed, which may help kids identify where they went wrong in solving the problem on their own. yHomework - Math Solver can be a helpful tool for a struggling student, but those without basic skills or kids bent on copying will need guidance.
Ease of Play
Younger kids may find the features overwhelming, since it provides options for algebra and trigonometry.
Products & Purchases
Ad-free problem-solving is available for $0.99 (10 questions), $2.99 (50 questions), or $4.99 (unlimited questions).
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What’s It About?
Users open YHOMEWORK - MATH SOLVER and select an appropriate level from the left menu bar. Once there, kids can enter a math problem, or select the green "..." in the top right corner to choose general problems, prime factorization, greatest common denominator, lowest common multiple, percents, derivatives, and more. Kids can also practice answering math problems by selecting the "Worksheets" icon from the left menu bar and viewing preselected problems. Once a math problem is entered, the device solves the problem and shows the work. For more complex problems, each step is described in text to the right of the problem, and like terms are highlighted before being combined on the next line. The answer is circled or squared off at the bottom of the problem. Kids can solve up to 10 problems a day for free, pay to continue an ad-free experience, or click through an ad every five to 10 minutes to continue solving problems.
Is It Any Good?
The speed and accuracy of the computer solving the math problems is stellar, but the multistep input and lack of explanation for simpler problems makes it best for tweens and up. For younger users, the complexity of the features may be confusing and overwhelming. Some kids may have to click between a few screens before finding the correct input method (finding percents, for example) to answer specific math problems. If used for homework help, this tool will be especially beneficial for kids who are confused by the process or determining where they made a mistake in solving a problem. Note that there's no parent gate on purchases, so set limits on what kids are allowed to buy. Also, it's possible some users may object to the solve screen that shows a boy in glasses and the phrase "Geeks at work." Parents may want to monitor use in case kids are tempted to rely solely on the computer's solved problems instead of checking their own progress.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about how technology can be a great learning tool if used in the right ways. Talk about how an app such as this one can reinforce learning and help with homework if it's used to check answers and walk through steps.
Talk about the importance of carefully checking your work. Many times, kids understand the process of solving math equations but miss one or more minor steps along the way. By using tools such as this one, families can identify errors together and help kids look out for similar mistakes in the future.
Discuss in-app purchases and your rules about them, especially since there's no parent gate to buy more tokens.
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
- Subjects: Math: algebra, equations, fractions, functions
- Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: problem solving, Self-Direction: academic development, self-assessment
- Pricing structure: Free (optional in-app purchases from $.99-$4.99)
- Release date: March 29, 2016
- Category: Education
- Publisher: Ram Nathaniel
- Version: 2.54
- Minimum software requirements: 5.1.1 or later; Android varies with device
- Last updated: July 26, 2016
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