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by Robert Baird

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At present a huge number of prominent educational institutions are dedicated to the cause of online learning and in recent times, there has emerged a huge demand for online educational courses. This is evident from the fact that millions of individuals around the world being engaged online learning courses and their number is steadily increasing. It is interesting to note that there are various reasons that contribute to the rapid success of online educational courses. These include the fact that online education does not require one to travel physically to a location to study and therefore it is possible for many to indulge in online courses of prominent universities without having to travel to the location. Computers and access to the World Wide Web are prevalent in almost every household at present and therefore it is not difficult to enjoy the benefits of online education. In order to aid course management and also to facilitate online learning, there have been introduced various software tools known as course management systems, learning management systems or virtual learning environments and these play a dominant role in the tutor student interaction in case of online learning. This is because online education is characterized by different modes of assessment for which the tutors set tasks and software applications provide gradation systems to aid the tutors. Mathomatic is a portable and free computer based algebra system which is used in facilitating the development of online education and also in aiding the tutors in setting tasks for the students. It also serves as a calculator. Mathomatic is a software application which provides symbolic solutions for complex number and polynomial arithmetic and also for algebraic equations. Apart from these, complex mathematical problems like calculus, trigonometry, logarithms are also possible to be solved with the aid of this software application. However, it is necessary to bear in mind that large expressions for solving these mathematical problems are not permitted by Mathomatic as it occupies greater memory space and at the same time takes a lot of time for solving. It is also possible to transform the Mathomatic software in to performing as assignments in Java, C and Python programming languages.

Mathomatic is extremely easy to adapt and does not require any specialized knowledge for performance. Moreover, it is possible to function this software in any operating system because of its command line interface. All algebraic equations are provided pertaining to solution by the inbuilt calculator provided by the Mathomatic application. It is however not applicable for high accuracy systems.


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