Scan and Solve with PhotoMath

PhotoMath is a new app which allows users to scan a math expressions or equations using a phone camera in real time and solve them. As of this writing, the supported expressions/equations are the arithmetic operations (+, -, ×,÷), fractions, decimals, powers and roots, linear equations, powers and roots, quadratic equations, simple systems of linear equations. It also supports absolute value equations and inequalities.

Below is a short introductory video about PhotoMath.

PhotoMath is available as an iOS, Android, Amazon and Windows Phone application.

Understanding the Concept of Inverse Functions

Let us consider the functions

f(x) = x^3  and g(x) = \sqrt[3]{x}.

The table on the left shows the ordered pairs (x,f(x)). We used f(x) and substitute them to x in the second table.

inverse functions

As we can see, all the values of g(x) are the same as those of x in the first table. For example,  if we have x = 3 in the first table, applying f, we get  27 as output. On the other hand, if we apply g to 27, the value returns to 3Continue reading

Why the Area of a Rhombus is Half the Product of its Diagonals

A rhombus is a parallelogram with four congruent sides. Since it is a parallelogram, it has also all the properties of a parallelogram. One of these properties is that the diagonals bisect each other. That is, they divide each other into two equal parts.

Another property of a rhombus is that the diagonals are perpendicular. So, summarizing all the properties above, if we have rhombus ABCD, then,

\overline{AB} \cong \overline{BC} \cong \overline{CD} \cong \overline{DA}.


\overline{AC} \perp \overline{BD}. Continue reading

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