Forbes - Math is one of the hardest subjects in school, which is why owning a graphing calculator seems like a necessity for students. But what if you could use your smartphone to solve equations by pointing the camera at the problem in your textbook instead of using a graphing calculator? That is the idea behind PhotoMath. PhotoMath is a free mobile app that can read and solve mathematical expressions using your smartphone camera in real time.
PhotoMath may sound like it is simply helping kids cheat, but the app also provides a step-by-step guide showing how each of the problems are solved. The step-by-step guide is beneficial to students that do not have access to a tutor and struggle with solving math problems. Parents can also use the PhotoMath app to jog their memory when teaching math to their kids.
“PhotoMath currently supports basic arithmetics, fractions, decimal numbers, linear equations and several functions like logarithms. New math is constantly added in new app releases,” says the description of the PhotoMath app on iTunes. The PhotoMath app uses optical character recognition (OCR) technology to read the equation and calculates the answers within seconds. There is a red frame in the PhotoMath app that you have to use to capture the equation.
“Show your work”, “you’ll use math every day for the rest of your life”, “no calculators”. HAHAHAHA. All bullshit math teacher cliches that are now completely irrelevant. Math teachers, you guys are irrelevant. Ok, not completely. Math teachers from 7th grade on up, none of you matter any more. The ones that teach you how to add and subtract, you guys still matter. That’s the math that teaches you how you leave a tip. But after that, peace out math, we have an App for you now.
I mean this from the bottom of my heart, in all my years of going to school and college, I have come to the conclusion that there is nothing in life that is more bullshit than math. Nothing. It’s like learning another language, only you can never travel to Mathland and use it like you can with Spanish. The more I think about it, the more it bothers me. The things you “learn” in calculus and then another calculus class could not matter less in real life. We never learned how to pay taxes. Never learned how credit cards worked. But I’m SURE rise over run and this shit mattered.
Math is such a load of horse shit. Out of every teacher I’ve ever had, the worst was this guy Mr. Matters in 11th grade. The biggest asshole I’ve ever met in my life. Hated 99% of his students, was a terrible teacher, and an all around horrible person to be around. I learned nothing from him. Nobody did except that math is horrendously unimportant and some people are just shitty.
Of course this App is going to cause tons of kids to fail because they are going to use it on their homework then have no idea how to do it on a test. Which even further shows how ridiculous math is. If you can get the right answer by using an App, why does it matter how you get there? Things change. Technology evolves. We aren’t still hand writing books anymore, no, we have computers. Things make it easier for us to get shit done. That’s what this App is.