Popular Science Apps : Maths and Stats


Continuing with our series of popular science apps, we thought we would cover mathematics and statistics, which we know are used on a regular basis in analysis of data for most of the sciences. Again, where possible, we have selected free apps for iPad, iPhones and Android devices, however we’ve also included some that require payment, simply because they have been highly rated. You are sure to find one of interest to help you in your studies.

 iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch

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 RK-83: Scientific Graphing Calculator (Nic Westlake). Price: Free

This is a calculator that does graphs for you. The app covers algebra and trigonometry functions like the absolute value, floor, ceiling, nestable functions, sine, cosine and cotangent; statistic functions such as the maximum, mean, standard deviation and variance; calculus functions such as calculating the area under the curve and finding a point derivative; and linear algebra such as matrices and dimensions of a matrix. You are also able to email your calculation history to your email account, pan out and zoom in as well as create full colour graphs. If you are having trouble with the app, there is some online support from the provider http://www.rkalk.com.

 Android

 Graphing Calculator (Mathlab). Price: Free

This is a similar app to the graphing calculator above but for Android OS. It also acts as a scientific calculator, fraction calculator, algebraic calculator and a matrix calculator. As a graphing calculator, the app can do multiple functions graphing, polar graphs, implicit functions, parametric functions, function roots, critical points and graph intersections. It can calculate trigonometry functions such as sin and cos, logarithms, inverse functions, hyperbolic functions, implicit functions, derivatives, simple and complex fractions, linear and quadratic equations, square and higher roots, polynomials, matrices and vectors. You can save the history of your calculations to use at a later date and switch between modes. You can save your tables as .csv files to manipulate in MS Excel or save your graphs as image files. Again this has online support available from the provider at http://help.mathlab.us.

If you want to learn how to create mobile apps, some useful information can be found from databases on the Multimedia library guide accessible from the Engineering and IT subject library guide from the library home page.


One Comment on “Popular Science Apps : Maths and Stats”

  1. The best basic and scientific calculator for free. Simple and accurate.

    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.calc.scientific

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