Unexpectedly Intriguing!
January 15, 2007

Last week, we shared our recent discovery of ZunZun's online 2-D and 3-D curve fitting applications, which we found to be an insanely great resource for number crunchers. This week, we're continuing our discovery series of just what's possible in math on the web with the Wolfram Integrator, which goes a long way to making calculus a lot easier to do!

The application is, to say the least, insanely great. Developed by Wolfram Research, the outfit behind Mathmatica and other high-powered math software, it features a very simple interface where the user only needs to know how to present a mathematical formula in a format similar to formulas used in Microsoft Excel or in the more common computing languages. The tool will integrate the entered formula and provide the resulting integrated equation as its output. The output is presented as a formula that only requires the user to apply their boundary conditions to solve the problem offline.

The genius of Wolfram's web application is that it minimizes the amount of time needed to search through tables of integrals to find an appropriate form when solving problems that require integration. Wolfram's Integrator, in essence, automates the process by performing the integration given the original formula. As an added bonus, wolfram's output results will also include links to the mathematical functions used in the integrated equation, which can be invaluable for some of the higher level functions.

Truly a cool tool for the higher math set!

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