Elementary School

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If you are teaching future teachers, your students may find it useful to investigate what to expect from Wolfram|Alpha that is relevant to the elementary school curriculum. In this section we offer a starting point for such a discussion.

We can anticipate that many children will learn that Wolfram|Alpha answers homework questions like "How many calories are in a Big Mac?" "How far is it from Paris to London?" or "When was Albert Einstein born?"

They will learn that Wolfram|Alpha can evaluate sums like "1/6+1/4" (and after the "Show steps" button is clicked, can explain the typical steps involved in computing that sum).

Wolfram|Alpha cannot (yet) answer simple questions like "If Alice is eight years old, and she is two years older than Bob, how old is Bob?" However, it can answer "What is 842 divided by 27?"


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