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

Microsoft Mathematics Tutorial 3 – Equations and Inequalities

This is the third tutorial of the Microsoft Mathematics Tutorial Series.  The first tutorial is about the Introduction to the User Interface and the second tutorial is about Peforming Basic Numerical Computation.

Aside from being a scientific calculator, Microsoft Mathematics is also a computer algebra system.  It is capable of simplifying or expanding expressions, solving equations and inequalities, and performing other algebraic manipulations.  In this post, we discuss some of the most used commands in solving equations and inequalities used in high school mathematics.

To try the examples below, open Microsoft Mathematics and be sure that you are on the Worksheet tab.

 Solving Equations 

To solve the equation 2x - 3 = 5, type 2x – 3 = 5 in the Input text box and then press the ENTER/RETURN key on your keyboard. The output of the command is shown below.

Notice that tirst, the input was reformatted to solve (2x – 3 = 5, x) and second, the solution is shown at the bottom. The Solution steps, a link which can be expanded, is also shown. Microsoft Mathematics is capable of generating solution steps with complete explanation to some algebraic problems. Clicking the Solution steps link will show the figure below.  » Read more

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