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December 01, 2017 (Vol. 37, No. 21)

Desmos Graphing Calculator

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Platform: iPhone/iPad/Android  
Cost: Free

Sometimes you just need to make a graph. If your TI-84 isn’t handy, Desmos Graphing Calculator is a good backup to have. The app accepts both functions and tables of x and y values as inputs and allows you to make notes directly on your graph. Additionally, users can save their graphs to come back to later with the creation of an account through the app. The app also has premade examples of a wide variety of graphs ranging from standard lines and parabolas, to linear regressions, to integrals and derivatives. The example graphs also allow you to adjust the values in the equation, making the app a useful tool for curious students to explore how changing the values of a graph changes its shape. The Desmos Graphing Calculator is a convenient resource for quickly and easily plotting data, or for anyone taking a class in mathematics.

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