For some problems, I use an online graphing calculator (desmos.com) or wolfram alpha to get clues for an elegant solution. Is that looked down upon? Is it a common practice to use such aids? Are there other math tools that people use, like Matlab, Maple, or Mathematica? Do some people successfully solve all or most problems without using more than just a calculator?

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TopNewestNone of the questions in the Math section require the use of a calculator (or anything more advanced). You should think about how to approach the problem, as opposed to running a code to brute force the answers with no understanding of the approach.

The Physics section requires a calculator to do some basic arithmetic. You would not need a graphing calculator for it. – Calvin Lin Staff · 4 years ago

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– Andrias Yuwantoko · 4 years ago

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– Shourya Pandey · 4 years ago

How did you know about Jiskha (help)? And what is it about?Log in to reply

– Andrias Yuwantoko · 4 years ago

I know when something I want to search with Google about mathematics. Then, I click Jiskha.. Jiskha like a community to help the homework of student..Log in to reply

– Riya Gupta · 4 years ago

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I always use .....calculators – Vamsi Krishna Appili · 4 years ago

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– Đức Việt Lê · 4 years ago

Calculators can help us do probs faster. But I think if we can do it by ourselves, don't use one.Log in to reply