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Photomath

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Developer
Google LLC
Version
8.36.0
Downloads
235.4M
Category
Education
Android OS
Varies with device
Price
Free

We've all had to deal with maths both at school and work, it can be hard and annoying, and most of the time, a calculator that only shows the final result of each operation is just not enough to comprehend it. Don't worry! Here's PhotoMath!

A new way to learn maths

PhotoMath helps you solve maths problems easily. It uses your phone's camera to take a picture of whatever type of operation you need to solve. A remarkable thing about PhotoMath is how it can read and solve written or printed math problems. This makes it a really handy way for students to get help at any time and any place. It covers lots of topics like adding, algebra, triangles and more. It works for all kinds of students in different grades. Its main feature is its progress display, showing you the entire process of solving an operation, so you can understand the step by step of any operation whatsoever. This helps students who are having a hard time understanding something specific in the solving process.

PhotoMath is not just about giving answers. It also has lessons and videos about math topics. These can help students learn and practice maths at their own speed. The app has a simple design and fun images to make learning maths more enjoyable for students.

PhotoMath: friend or foe?

Photomath is an extremely useful app to learn maths in a fun and easy way, using your own rhythm and pretty much being your own teacher. It is also a method to cheat your way into exams and projects. Teachers have raised their concerns about this app, having students that present an impeccable work but are not capable of solving basic operations when summoned to the blackboard. Teachers have stated several times that if this continues to occur, there will be an entire class unable to solve basic math problems

PhotoMath's plans

Photomath has both a free and a paid version. Its paid version isn’t expensive but it isn't cheap either. Photomath Plus includes:

  • Animated Tutorials: helping you visualize every step of the solution
  • In-Depth Explanations: with tips on the “how” and “why” of each problem, strengthening your knowledge and habilities.

Although these are useful and interesting features, PhotoMath can easily be used with the free plan, working perfectly fine to solve any type of problem.

Is PhotoMath reliable?

According to multiple reviews, PhotoMath Has proven to be reliable in simple and relatively complex operations, showing a correct step-by-step process and an accurate response, but long and complex calculations and problems tend to be incorrect, either by hallucinating processes or giving random results. 

PhotoMath can also misinterpretate problems, by accidentally copying the wrong number (for example: 8 instead of 9) but that tend to be an error on the user's part and not on the app’s side, so it is important to have a legible writing for the app to work at its fullest. It is very important to control that what the app has scanned is in fact what is shown on the photograph.

A brief overview 

PhotoMath is definitely an innovative tool to help us understand the trials and tribulations of maths, showing us not only the result of operations, but the step-by-step of how to solve said operation. It is an indispensable app for the confused user, extremely useful and with a generous free plan with an unlimited amount of problems to solve.  This can also backfire on both students and teachers. Students choosing to cheat on exams, homework and projects might think it is an amazing tool to skip those boring study hours, but it will eventually make them realize how important maths are. The concerns of teachers are justifiable, and thus a reality of modern classrooms. Putting these problems aside, PhotoMath is a great app, that deserves nothing less than a 5/5.

Pro

👍 Step-by-step guide for solving math problems.

👍 An Innovative tool.

👍 Its free plan is extremely generous.

👍 Unlimited chances to solve problems.

👍 It can solve both simple and relatively hard problems

Con

👎 Doesn't work offline.

👎 Can and has been used to cheat on exams and other evaluations.

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Ratings

4.5
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