<< Previous ||
Next >>

**Contents:**

Title and Synopsis

Basics

Try It!

Elementary School

Middle and High School

Calculus

Combinatorics

Linear Algebra

Differential Equations

Other Advanced Topics

It's Not (Only) About Math!

More Examples (and Data!)

Less Is More

So Is It Perfect Yet?

What About Google?

Possible Implications

A Threat?

Resources

[Note: This article appears best using the Firefox browser.]

[*Note:* Clicking on any of the links below should open a new tab or new window in your browser.]

Once again, here is the main page for Wolfram|Alpha.

- Wolfram|Alpha, http://www.wolframalpha.com/

You may have come across Wolfram|Alpha in the news. Here are a few recent articles.

- Carl Bialik, "Sum Help: Search Engine for Mathletes,"
*Wall Street Journal*, June 16, 2009, http://online.wsj.com/article/SB124516890985419379.html - Jeff Young, "A Calculating Web Site Could Ignite a New Campus 'Math War,'"
*Chronicle of Higher Education*, June 12, 2009, http://chronicle.com/article/A-Calculating-Web-Site-Coul/47316/

Various web sites have been following the developments as well.

- Frederic Lardinois, "Wolfram Alpha Gears Up for the Fall Semester," http://www.readwriteweb.com/archives/wolfram_alpha_gears_up_for_the_fall_semester.php
- Nathania Johnson, "Wolfram|Alpha Hard at Work Three Months After Launch," http://blog.searchenginewatch.com/090824-011314

Geeks have been busy incorporating Wolfram|Alpha into other apps:

- Goofram, http://www.goofram.com/
- heapr, http://www1.heapr.com/splash

There is even a YouTube video about Wolfram|Alpha.

- Robert Talbert, "Wolfram|Alpha for Calculus Students,"
*YouTube*, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vyfhzhfuz58

Mathematicians have been discussing Wolfram|Alpha as well.

- David M. Bressoud, "Launchings: Wolfram|Alpha," http://www.maa.org/columns/launchings/launchings_08_09.html
- "New Search Engine WolframAlpha Has Mathematicians Hypothesizing,"
*Math in the News*(MAA*Mathematical Sciences Digital Library*), June 22, 2009, http://mathdl.maa.org/mathDL/?pa=mathNews&sa=view&newsId=608 - "WolframAlpha Is Computing's 'Best of What's New' in 2009,"
*Math in the News*(MAA*Mathematical Sciences Digital Library*), December 2, 2009, http://mathdl.maa.org/mathDL?pa=mathNews&sa=view&newsId=722

More detailed and very thoughtful discussions by mathematicians can be found in:

- Maria Andersen, "Don’t get W|A Implications? Try these examples,"
*Teaching College Math*, http://teachingcollegemath.com/?p=1019 - Maria Andersen, "Impact of Wolfram Alpha on Math Ed,"
*Teaching College Math*, http://teachingcollegemath.com/?p=998 - Walpha Wiki, http://walphawiki.wikidot.com/

Please join the conversation, drop us a line or come aboard and join the Walpha wiki!