One that caught our eye recently is called Fractions-Calculator. If there’s one thing middle school students hate (and many of us adults) about math, it’s fractions. IF ever there was a complicated aspect of mathematics for students, it’s the first year of trying to figure out fractions. Here’s a solution.
Fractions By The Numbers
My father was an engineer, and until handheld calculators and PCs became commonplace, he was the Chicago South Side slide rule king. That means I had to learn calculations on a slide rule, which caused me to worship digital gods for bringing calculators to mankind.
There’s no other way to describe this app for the Mac. Fractions-Calculator is a calculator. For fractions. It’s a good way to solve fractional math problems, and a good way to learn the intricacies of fractions because it generates a step-by-step explanation for each operation.
The user interface is simple enough to understand, though it is somewhat dated to way back in the last century. A black chalkboard? Seriously?
This clever and useful applications lets you validate your calculations and solve fraction problems; classroom or work. Not only can you add, subtract, multiply, divide, compare and convert fractions, improper fractions and mixed numbers, but it also comes with solutions to common fractions problems– Simple Fractions, Mixed Fractions, Decimal to Fractions, Fraction to Decimal, Fraction to Percent, Percent to Fraction, Mixed Number to Decimal, Mixed Number to Percent, Mixed Number to Improper Fractions and Comparing Fractions.
All the fractions that were such a pain in our youth, are easily explained while you calculate in Fractions-Calculator, and it’s drop dead simple to use. Select the function, enter the mixed numbers, and click Calculate. Calculations are adjusted instantly and automatically, and described in step-by-step form below the answers.
Other than an overabundance of skeumorphism and paying homage to the 1950s with a black chalkboard, Fractions-Calculator is a useful addition to anyone’s calculator collection, and particularly beneficial for students who also have a Mac.