Desmos Online Calculator Gets Even Better!

by on January 24, 2012

Not too long ago I wrote a post titled “19 Great Online Graphing Calculators for Teachers and Students”  At that time I wrote this about one of them:

Desmos Graphing Calculator–Free Graphing Calculator, by Desmos.com. Desmos also has a Google Chrome app that you can install from the Google Web Store here. It is a flash app so it is not iPad compatible.

What has changed? They have converted the calculator from flash to HTML5! That means it now will run on the iPad!

However, having been burned by “things that run on the iPad” I had to check it out. It works great in desktop/laptop browsers but how would it run on the iPad?

The Answer

I am happy to report that it works just fine in the iPad!!!! Here are a couple of screenshots:

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I found the site to be very responsive and had no problems with the touchscreen interface.

One impressive feature is that once you register (free), you can save/share your graphs:

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I am very impressed with this online calculator. If you want to give it a test drive go here. Also, take a look in the upper right-hand corner of this post in the multimedia box for a quick introduction to the original Desmos calculator.

Appropriately, the site is www.abettercalculator.com! I agree totally!

This calculator is great for those times when you don’t have enough graphing calculators to go around in class or hear the dreaded “I left my calculator at home.” Even better, some students just can’t afford dedicated graphing calculators. This is their ticket!

What do you think of this online calculator?

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  • http://twitter.com/ColleenYoung Colleen Young

    I’m a real fan of the Desmos calculator-and have written about it myself.
    http://colleenyoung.wordpress.com/2011/09/17/desmos-graphing-calculator-2/
    I sometimes use it in class, showing my students something they can then use at home.

    • Anonymous

      Nice post! It is a great option as it is available anywhere you can get online.

  • http://twitter.com/DesmosInc Desmos.com

    Hi Jeffrey – Thanks so much for a great review! You’ll be happy to hear that we’ve released many new features in the past few months, AND have an iPad app in the works :) We hope to have this out soon, please stay tuned! We’d love for you to try it out once it’s ready.

    Happy graphing,
    Team Desmos

    http://www.desmos.com

  • http://twitter.com/DesmosInc Desmos.com

    Hi Jeffrey – Thanks so much for a great review! You’ll be happy to hear that we’ve released many new features in the past few months, AND have an iPad app in the works :) We hope to have this out soon, please stay tuned! We’d love for you to try it out once it’s ready.

    Happy graphing,
    Team Desmos

    http://www.desmos.com

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