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Google Search is Now Drawing Mathematical Graphs

While our fancy calculators threw out numbers and could even deal with equations, there were no affordable tools that would actually draw a graph for you. 25 years later, all it takes is to type your equation in the search field and, voila, Google Search does it for you in an instant. If you use Chrome, you type it even in the location bar to see the graph. Gee, what would I have given for such a feature back in my high school days?

The Google graph drawing feature is a pretty powerful tool that supports simple numbers and exponents but functions such as sine and cosine as well. It won't be enough to do your homework for you, but it’s a good control feature and certainly a nifty free tool for math in higher education as well. And if you need a bit more features in the comfort of a good old calculator, you could always use an app or visit websites that offer calculators - and graph drawing engines such as web2.0calc.

  • bennaye
    please divide by zero.

    dibs on server parts after server crash.
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  • joytech22
    I guess that could be useful.. Maybe.
    I just can't think of anything off the top of my head that it would be useful for.

    Accounting maybe? I don't know.. My brain is switched off right now.
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  • pie divided by zero ^^ GG
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  • egidem
    bennayeplease divide by zero.dibs on server parts after server crash.
    It would be very hilarious if the coders at Google can handle massive arrays of information processing, but then a simple DivideByZeroException exception could be thrown causing massive chaos to take place :D
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  • Soma42
    joytech22I guess that could be useful.. Maybe.I just can't think of anything off the top of my head that it would be useful for.Accounting maybe? I don't know.. My brain is switched off right now.
    Well, for most people I would agree it's not that useful. As an engineer, this is pretty cool that Google can do it now, but it's nothing new. Wolfram Alpha is still the best when it comes to online graphing.

    Now if it could solve differential equations that would be awesome...
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  • memadmax
    I won't use it.
    Custom software...
    Only needed about an hour to build too =D
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  • lathe26
    I bought my HP 48SX calculator over 2 decades ago with paper route money. I'd consider that affordable. It graphs (including cosine) and did symbolic integration (not just numeric).

    For a modern taste of it, download Droid48 for Android or any of several emulators for iPhone.
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  • ojas
    Wolfram Alpha?
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  • ojas
    Anyway, i tried. Doesn't let you do a direct divide by 0, it just returns the regular search results...
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  • ojas
    ^Cut out the direct.
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