Math is a difficult subject for a lot of people. It’s totally understandable. There are a bunch of things that numbers do. Plus, there are a ton of different types of math, including your basics like arithmetic along with more complicated mathematics like calculus. People look for math apps for a variety of reasons, but most of them are educational. Thus, we focused on that while writing this list. Here are the best math apps for Android right now.
Brainly is a social networking app for students. It lets people ask questions from homework assignments. Other members answer the questions with explanations on how the problem works. It works for more than just math. However, we imagine quite a few of the problems there are math related. Supported education levels include elementary school through some college. It really depends on what people on the network know. It’s a free app and service. Check the Google Play Store description for a full list of available topics and subjects.
Price: Free / $3.49
HiPER is an excellent scientific calculator. This one should work for grade school and collegiate level mathematics. The free version features ten digits along with three exponential digits. The premium version increases that to 100 regular digits and nine exponential digits. That’s insane. Some other features include complex numbers, conversion among 200 units, support for fractions, and tons of other stuff. We used to recommend RealCalc. However, HiPER takes the cake overall. It’s arguably the best scientific calculator on Google Play. The premium version is a single $3.49 and we think that’s reasonable.
Khan Academy is one of the more traditional math apps. It lets you review and re-learn math (and other subjects) in a course-like environment. The app includes over 10,000 videos, 40,000 questions, and tons of different types of math. That includes stats, trigonometry, calculus, basic algebra, pre-algebra, arithmetic, and many more. You can take and retake as many of the same courses as you want to learn new things or as a refresher for stuff you used to know. Khan Academy’s best feature is its price. It’s completely free to use forever. That makes it a must for math apps.
Price: Free / $4.99 / Up to $2.49 for additional plugins
LectureNotes is one of the most popular note taking apps on mobile. It’s built with education in mind. The app lets you take notes, draw and write by hand, and even record your teacher’s lecture for later listening. The drawing by hand feature is especially useful for math students where typing equations on a calculator just isn’t cutting it. Some other features include support for OneNote and Evernote, indexing and organization features, and even video recording. Some features require additional plugins. Those plugins may cost additional money. Otherwise, the app is one of the best math apps for sure.
MyScript Calculator 2
MyScript Calculator 2 is a neat math app for middle school, high school, and some college students. It’s a calculator but it doesn’t look or act like a regular calculator app. Instead, you write down the equation in the app like you would on paper. The app uses OCR to turn your handwriting into text and then it solves the problem from there. The app includes support for basic operations like addition and substraction, powers, roots, exponents, trigonometry, logarithms, constants (like pi), and more. It gets less useful once you get into the super high math subjects, but it’s otherwise a surprisingly cool math app.
Price: Free / Up to $9.99
Photomath is one of a few decent math apps with camera functionality. You basically take a picture of the problem on your paper. It provides step-by-step instruction on solving the problem, the various math needed to solve the problem, and whatever else you might need. The app supports graphs. However, it won’t replace your standard graphing calculator anytime soon. It’s an excellent study aid for middle and high school students especially with its explanations on how to solve problems. The app is free to use. Google Play says there are in-app purcahses up to $9.99, but we used the free version of the app.
Socratic is one of the newer math apps. Well, technically, it covers a variety of subjects. It works a lot like Photomath. You take a picture of your homework problem. The app spits out results, explanations, a step-by-step process to solve the problem, and more. It even includes video examples in some cases. Like most, there is a ceiling when it comes to how complex the problem can be. However, it should work for most people. It’s also completely free with no in-app purchases.
Wabbitemu is an emulator for existing graphing calculators. It supports a ton of them, including The TI-73, and nine calculators from the TI-80 series. It works like you would expect. You procure a ROM of the calculator you want and load it with the emulator. It then feels, acts, and works like a real TI graphing calculator. It’s a little hardcore, but it’s a great way to keep your phone on you instead of your calculator. It even works with third party apps and plugins for TI calculators. It’s free with advertising. We would like a version we can pay for, but honestly it doesn’t matter either way.
Wolfram math apps
Price: Free / Up to $4.99
Wolfram has a bunch of decent math apps. The first app to check out is WolframAlpha. It contains a database of math results, help, explanations, and other information. WolframAlpha covers basically everything you can think of, including more complex stuff like number theory, discrete math, statistics, physics, chemistry, and more. It also features course-style apps for many types of math, including pre-algebra, linear algebra, discrete math, and more. Some of these apps are pretty old, though. We recommend trying them out quickly before the Google Play refund time expires.
Price: Free / $12.99 per month
YouTube is good for basically everything. That makes it one of the better math apps. There are a variety of content creators that deal with math. That includes straight lessons and explanations, number theory, math fun facts, math history, practical uses, and more. Some math-related channels like Numberphile and Mathologer are actually quite popular and entertaining. As usual, YouTube is completely free to use with advertising. YouTube Red removes advertising, allows for background play, and allows for offline play for $9.99 per month.
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