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 5 – Using the Triangle Solver

This is the 5th tutorial in the Math and Multimedia’s Microsoft Mathematics Tutorial Series.  In this post, we use the Triangle Solver to construct triangles with specified side lengths and/or angle measures.

The Triangle Solver is very useful in constructing accurate triangle drawings. To construct the desired triangle, the user can specify the length of the sides or the measure of interior angles.

To display the Triangle Solver, click on the Triangle Solver icon on the toolbar. In the Triangle Solver dialog box,  type the side lengths and/or angle measures of the triangle you want to construct.  For example, triangle ABC where a = 4, c=5 and B = 30˚ (no need to insert the ˚ sign) will construct the triangle shown below. Notice that the Triangle Solver automatically computes the missing side lengths and angle measures. The blue numbers were typed by the user, and the green numbers were automatically computed.  » Read more

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