Parents' Guide to

Wolfram Alpha

By Michelle Kitt, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Storehouse of data answers kids' questions -- if specific.

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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this website.

Community Reviews

age 8+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 2+

Doesn't Work

I bought their pro-membership for the step-by-step solutions, and it didn't even work! I contacted customer support and they never got back to me.
age 14+

Wolfram Alpha for Calculus

I subscribed to Wolfram Alpha Pro plan to use for my Calculus homework, but found it more complicated than necessary to use and lacking in other areas for my homework. I ended up using a free website called Symbolab for most homework problems when I found it easier to enter equations there and the step-by-step answers easier to follow. To add insult to injury, the Wolfram Alpha Pro subscription puts you into automatic renewal, so after hardly using it I ended up getting charged for another year.

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Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2 ):
Kids say (2 ):

As long as the data is available, Wolfram Alpha is an impressive number cruncher. It's back-end processing is fast and the answer reports are well designed, downloadable, and shareable. No doubt it's useful and a data junkie's dream, but it will be hit or miss with kids. Unless they have a paid Wolfram Alpha Pro membership or a school assignment requiring use of the site, kids' interaction will be over in two steps: 1) ask a question and 2) read the answer. Curious kids may be fine with that and find its wide range of data fascinating. Kids with specific interests (bridges, football, acoustics, movie budgets) will enjoy the deep dive on their own. And some kids may have no interest in it at all. Language skews toward adults, particularly when more info is needed to narrow down the question.

Website Details

  • Subjects: Science : biology, measurement, physics, Math : measurement, statistics
  • Skills: Thinking & Reasoning : analyzing evidence, asking questions, collecting data
  • Genre: Educational
  • Pricing structure: Paid, Free
  • Last updated: March 3, 2020

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