Microsoft Mathematics Tutorial 7 – The Ink Input

This is the seventh tutorial in the Microsoft Mathematics Tutorial Series. In this post, we learn how to use the Ink input of Microsoft Mathematics.

Ink Input

Microsoft Mathematics has handwriting support that enables users to write problems and solve equations using the pen in Tablet PCs or even just a mouse when using a computer.  This will enable solving equations instantly. The Ink tool is available in both the Worksheet and Graphing tabs.

To use the Ink input, click the Home tab, and then click the Ink option from the toolbar as shown in the first figure.  This will display the Ink input area as shown below.

In the Ink input area, write the equation using the pen tool. Notice that as you write, the text appears in the box above the input area. Use the eraser and selection tools if necessary.

After writing the equation, press the ENTER key on the keyboard. The answer and the solution steps appear in the output pane.

Microsoft Mathematics Tutorial 6 – The Unit Converter

This is the 6th tutorial in the Microsoft Mathematics Tutorial Series. In this post, we discuss how to use the Unit Converter of Microsoft Mathematics.

Microsoft Mathematics has a built-in unit converter that allows conversion of different types of measurements.  It supports measurement conversion of length, area, volume, mass, temperature, velocity, pressure, weight, energy, power, time, and force.

To use the Unit Converter, do the following:

  1. Click the Home tab and then select the Unit Converter button from the Tools group. This will display the Unit Converter dialog box as shown in the figure above.
  2. In  the dialog box , click the type of measurement you are converting in the Convert list (e.g. Mass).
  3. Select the type of units that you are converting in the From and To list boxes.
  4. Type the measurement that you are converting in the Input box.
  5. Click the calculate button to convert.

You should notice while doing the tutorial that Microsoft Mathematics supports conversion between the metric and the English system in some categories; for example, in the weight/mass category, measurement in kilograms maybe converted to pounds and vice-versa.

Microsoft Mathematics Tutorial 4 – Plotting Graphs

This is the fourth tutorial of the Microsoft Mathematics Tutorial Series.

In this tutorial, we learn how to plot 2 and 3 dimensional Cartesian graphs and 2 dimensional polar graphs.  We also learn how to modify the settings of the Graphing window such as plotting range and proportional display.

1. Open Microsoft Mathematics.

2.  Select the Graphing tab.

2. Under Equations and Functions, be sure that 2D and Cartesian are selected.

3. Type y = x^2 + 2x - 3 and y = 3x. Use the ^ symbol for exponent.

4. After the equations have been entered, click the Graph button. Continue reading

Microsoft Mathematics Tutorial 2 – Performing Basic Computations

This is the second tutorial in the Microsoft Mathematics Tutorial Series.  In this tutorial, we learn how to perform basic mathematical computation using Microsoft Mathematics.

There are three parts of Microsoft Mathematics used in numeric  computations: the calculator pad (green box) where the command buttons are located, the input box (yellow box) where the commands are typed, and the output boxes where the input, the step by step computations (if applicable), and the output of the computations are displayed. The input text box and the output boxes are located in the Worksheet tab.

Open Microsoft Mathematics to perform the computations below.  Continue reading

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.  Continue reading

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