Category: Equation Editors

MathType vs LaTeX Challenge

I should have anticipated this, but it was late at night. You may need to first be convinced that MathType has its uses (if you are a LaTeX user). For the record, LaTeX has it’s uses too. Here is my Equation Challenge! Type the following 15 problems using the program of your choice. (download it here in pdf) I can type it in just under 5 minutes (watch that here). How long does it take you? If you can do it quickly in the equation editor you use, please record an example and comment it in. I’m also giving you a link to a video in which I walk through the solutions to 20 derivative problems using MathType to write the math. You might be surprised to see that I can write the mathematics as fast as I can discuss it. I am (for the most part) not using the mouse. (jump to the 1 minute mark to skip the mathematical explanations – and please keep in mind that this is not a pedagogical example – it is a video of the solutions to an exercise that the students work on after learning the derivative rules) Possibly Related Posts: Contemporary Algebra Collection (new resources 2/4/2019) Teaching in Higher Ed Podcast about ESIL Lens Add Graphs In The World to Courses Taking the Algebra Out of College Algebra Group Exploration...

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MathType Video Tutorials

At the end of every traveling workshop I do, I like to do 30 minutes on using an Equation Editor. Everyone thinks they “know” how to use one. There’s not anything they can be taught. It’s one of the more fun sessions to do simply because everyone discovers something they didn’t know before. And it always would have saved them a lot of time. One of the participants came up to me afterwards and confessed that he had written 150 pages of math text and he could’ve done it in half the time if he had learned these tips first. Several participants asked what they should be doing with all the free time they will have since typing their tests won’t take as long now (of course, they should be looking for some great interactive math stuff on the Internet with that extra time!). Anyways, back in my hotel room that night, I again found myself wondering why the heck MathType doesn’t post video tutorials. Then I remembered that I actually have a set of tutorials that I recorded for the faculty on my campus. Disclaimer: These videos are not great quality. They were some of the very first videos I ever recorded with Camtasia. The clicking sound is annoying (I figured that out later, but can’t remove it). And I’m really not compelled to re-record these because, well,...

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Top 10 Technology Tools for Math 2008

1. Jing gives students and instructors the ability to capture an image of any graph or equation they see on their screen and share it anywhere else (message boards, emails, papers, digital assignments). Using Jing you can also record videos of up to 5 minutes in length. [Free, Mac/PC] Not sure how to use Jing? Check out the tutorials at the end of this post. 2. Wolfram Demonstrations provides close to 3,000 interactive demonstrations on mathematics. Students and instructors can play with demonstrations by downloading Mathematica Player. Demonstrations can be written by anyone with a copy of Mathematica and are reviewed before they become part of the Demonstrations Project. [Free, Mac/PC] 3. WebAssign is a publisher-independent site for online homework. It was designed originally for physics and does a particularly good job of handling the problems unique to learning math-based content. Publishers work with WebAssign to create online homework for their texts. [$ for students, PC/Mac] Note: You can write your own problems for WebAssign, in which case, there would be no cost for students. WeBWorK is also worth a mention here for the more technically-inclined. 4. WizIQ provides a platform to easily hold online office hours. You have the option of audio and video on both ends, multiple users, interactive whiteboard, and file upload. Sessions are recorded and can be accessed for 30 days. [Free, Mac/PC] 5. Windows...

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MathType 6.5 – Equations Anywhere

Design Science has just released MathType 6.5, which should give quite a bit of improvement to dealing with equations in Word if you are a traditional LaTeX user and you need to use Word. With this upgrade, you’ll be able to type LaTex directly in to Word and the text string will be converted to a MathType equation. Another new focus with MathType 6.5 is the Equations Everywhere and Anywhere functionality that they’ve been working on. To summarize, Design Science thinks you should be able to port equations into any platform that you desire (I wholeheartedly agree). You can browse the link to the compatibility matrix to see how to move your equations to other platforms. The compatibility of MathType with Moodle (through TeX) and with heavyweight math programs like Maple and Mathematica (both achieved through MathML) looks fairly good and easy to use. Despite the commendable effort by Design Science to get our equations everywhere, there are still gaps in the portability of equations to all programs, and MathType’s compatibility with programs like Blackboard and Flash is still through the use of GIF or EPS files. Honestly, I’ve gotten most of the compatibility I need between MathType and Internet applications (Google, Blackboard, and WebAssign) by just using Jing with MathType to do a quickie image call. After reading the lengthy descriptions for importing MathType equations via GIF on...

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Handwriting Recognition for Math Equations

Eleven months ago, I discovered a little-known program called Microsoft Math (read old post here). This was the first decent attempt that I’d seen at handwriting recognition for math. I’m guessing that Microsoft Math was the testing ground for a new feature that will be released with Microsoft’s Windows 7 – handwriting recognition for math (see Gizmodo post for more Windows 7 spoilers). You can see similarity in the screenshots of the Microsoft Math interface and the image that has been posted for Windows 7. Here’s Windows 7 Math Handwriting Recognition. Here’s the older Microsoft Math Interface. While handwriting...

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