Wolfram Alpha

Wolfram Alpha is a "computational knowledge engine" meaning it has access to a very large database of facts and knowledge covering a large array of topics (including mathematics and the sciences) and is able to do both numeric and symbolic computation using this data.

In Grade 9 Math, Wolfram Alpha can be viewed as another resource for you to get help, check your work or get hints on how a problem might be solved. For example, if you don't remember the formula for the volume of a sphere, you can ask Wolfram Alpha (experiment using the input box below).

Wolfram Alpha can also be used an alternative to a graphing calculator. For example, you can ask Wolfram Alpha to "plot y = 3x -2 with x from -2 to 5" (try it!).

Wolfram Alpha can also be used to explore an area or concept more. For graphs, you can ask it to show you more examples. When working on open-ended problems, you can try more cases or try cases that would be hard to do by hand.

As with anything new, it will take time to learn how to use Wolfram Alpha efficiently. Be sure to check out the Wolfram Alpha website and explore the examples.