# Tackle your math homework with Microsoft Mathematics

Have trouble with math? Me, too. I absolutely loved science classes as a student. But, there’s a reason I didn’t grow up to wear a white lab coat—my grasp of the required mathematical concepts was always a bit shaky. I wish I had Microsoft Mathematics when I was in school. Microsoft Mathematics is designed to help you understand and improve your math skills. Download a free copy and discover how it can help you visualize math concepts and aid you when you are studying.

Microsoft Mathematics 4.0 includes a full-featured graphing calculator. It’s designed to work just like those expensive handheld calculators and it’s optimized for algebra, trigonometry, statistics, and calculus. Additional math tools help you solve systems of equations, evaluate sides and angles in a triangle, and convert from one system of units to another. It also has a quick reference library of formulas commonly used in mathematics, chemistry, and physics.

One of my favorite features is step-by-step solutions, which are provided for many types of problems. They show you the individual steps to a solution, with basic explanations to help you understand how to solve the problem. It’s great when you get stuck and you need someone to explain it to you.

For visual thinkers, the most satisfying (and fun) feature is creating graphs. You can easily plot complex equations, as well as view, rotate, and even animate graphs. That helps you visualize concepts and solutions, not just calculate the answers. You can plot in 2D or 3D, and choose Cartesian, polar, cylindrical, and spherical coordinates, which makes this a suitable tool for multivariable calculus.

If you install this on a Tablet PC, Microsoft Mathematics includes handwriting recognition to help you enter expressions with Ink. And you can save your worksheets for later review, or export them to Microsoft Word. (Want to use the computation and graphing features of Microsoft Mathematics in Word documents or OneNote notebooks? Download the free Microsoft Mathematics Add-in for Word and OneNote.)

For struggling students of all ages, Microsoft Mathematics 4.0 can make math studies less frustrating—and maybe even a little bit fun. And if you need more help with a particular math concept, check out the hundreds of free math and science tutorials from the Khan Academy.

Today's blog post is brought to you by Tami Amador, our resident Microsoft Mathematics writer.

• Where was this 5 years ago when I was taking my math classes in college?!?! Instead I was stuck struggling with the overly complex Mathematica. Oh well, better late than never!! lol

Seriously, this is a nifty little program, and it's one that I hope will see future development. Good stuff!

• Thanks for the great comment, GoodThings2Life. I think this is a pretty nifty program myself. And how awesome is it that it's free? Every math student should know about this great resource, so please spread the word!

• Never could do math so this is worth a try.

• Thanks for your comment.  After you try it out, let us know what you think. We're interested in what you like and dislike about the the program.

• It would be great if you had sample test questions for the SAT, COMPASS, ACT, etc that a user could walk through with the software.

• @SilhouetteBS: I'm not aware of any such plans, but I'll forward your request to the product team. Thanks for sharing your ideas with us!

• This is a truly great program for performing mathematics on the computer, and the best thing is the add-in for Word and OneNote taking advantage of the equation editor built into Office! I have been looking for something like this program for years, I am glad that you guys kept the program around. I was afraid that it would have gotten killed with the rest of the student package. For me it makes the most sense to have it completely integrated into Office as the add-in does.

• Good afternoon,

Walking around the excellent math application, I found some strange thing like this:

I tried to perform: root -3.5 of -125 and math answered me: 0.2516997901284

I think the answer should be -0.251699790128365

I checked out with the exponents theory and found that my answer appears to be correct.

Could you please explain me why this difference ?