# Microsoft Mathematics Tutorial 1 – The User Interface

Microsoft Mathematics is a free software capable of performing mathematical computations, plotting graphs, and solving equations. It is a scientific calculator, a grapher, and a computer algebra system in one. In this tutorial, the first tutorial in the Microsoft Mathematics Tutorial Series, we familiarize ourselves with the graphical user interface of Microsoft Mathematics.

The Microsoft Mathematics window has four main parts: Calculator Pad, Worksheet tab, Graphing tab, and Math tools.

The **Calculator Pad** is composed of button groups for mathematical computations. Aside from the Standard buttons which are used in middle school and high school mathematics, it also includes buttons for mathematical such as Calculus, Statistics, Trigonometry, and Linear Algebra.

The **Worksheet tab** is the default tab displayed when you open Microsoft Mathematics. It is where most input and output will be displayed. The large text box is where the keyboard input is made.

The **Graphing tab** is used to create graphs. It contains panes used to input equations, functions, inequalities, data sets, and parametric equations.

The **Math Tools** include the following tools

*Equation Solver*– a tool used for solving equations or systems of equations*Formulas & Equations*– contains commonly used formulas in science and mathematics*Triangle Solver*– A tool that find the angle measures and side lengths of triangles*Unit Conversion tool*– a tool for converting one unit of measure to another

You should familiarize yourselves with the interface of Microsoft Mathematics. In the next post, we are going to learn how to perform basic mathematical computations.