Math Sites and Software
revised 7 Jan 2011
Copyright © 2000–2012 by Stan Brown, Oak Road Systems
This page started as my own collection of useful math links,
either for my own interest or because they gave information frequently
requested by students. I’ve marked my own “seven plus or minus two”
FAVORITEs, in case you’re interested.
If you have a favorite math site, particularly one that does well
with a subject area I don’t yet cover, please let me know about it.
Obviously I can’t link to every math site in the world, but I’d like
to link to one or two good ones in most categories.
FAQs / Reference
- FAVORITE: Mathworld
(accessed 2010-12-22), formerly Eric’s
Treasure Trove of Mathematics, is an excellent starting point when
you need the definition of a math term,
or a fast introduction to an unfamiliar concept.
- Just the FAQs, Ma’am!
Dr. Math’s FAQ (accessed 2010-12-22) answers
lots of questions about
high-school and undergraduate math.
You may want to consult the
for more advanced questions.
- Ask Dr. Math
your question (accessed 2010-12-22).
(Check Dr. Math’s FAQ
- Ask questions on the
alt.algebra.help newsgroup and
you’ll usually get answers from several people, letting you pick the
approach that works best for you.
A second newsgroup,
covers similar subject matter but has less traffic: that may be a good
thing or a bad thing, depending on your viewpoint.
Math (accessed 2010-12-22) offers a lot of review questions (with solutions) from
algebra to differential equations. There’s also a set of message
boards (registration required).
History of Math
- The MacTutor History
of Mathematics Archive (accessed 2010-12-22) is just what its name implies. It’s a good
supplement to Eric’s Treasure Trove for
- Jeff Miller helps you answer questions about when a particular
used for the first time (accessed 2010-12-22).
- You may want
to look at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville’s list of math
history sites (accessed 2010-12-22).
Geometry and Analytic Geometry
- FAVORITE: Okay, I’m biased, but I think my
Trig without Tears is a good presentation. Not
only does it cover a lot of trig in a small space, but it shows you
how to remember all that stuff without memorizing it.
- Lawrence Spector has a very good series of
Trigonometry (accessed 2010-12-22). There’s a particularly nice
of all six functions as lengths of
line segments on the unit circle.
Software on Line
- QuickMath (accessed 2010-12-22)
has stepped into the niche left vacant by the demise of Vanderbilt’s
MathServ Calculus Toolkit.
QuickMath can integrate, differentiate, solve equations
and systems of equations, and more.
- Wolfram.com offers the free
Integrator (accessed 2010-12-22).
Calculators On-Line Center (accessed 2010-12-22)
features over 18,000 calculators for anything and everything, not just
editor and produces output in both LaTeX and display formats.
It’s also downloadable (accessed 2010-12-22).
Function Plotter—enter a function and see the plot,
then capture the graphic (accessed 2010-12-22).
- The University of Minnesota
Calculator (accessed 2010-12-22) helps you beat the clock and get it done.
Software for Download
is a freeware numerical lab with real and complex numbers, functions,
graphs, vectors, matrices—“not a
MatLab clone, but very similar to this program”.
- Mathscribe (accessed 2010-12-22) is a
free dynamic graphing and mathematical modeling
tool designed for algebra, trigonometry, and pre-calculus.
- There’s an amazing variety of computer
algebra software available, much of it very good and free. Have a
list of computer algebra systems.
Winplot (accessed 2010-12-22)
is a general-purpose 2-D and 3-D graphing utility with animations.
- If you’re looking for math software, the University of Tennessee
at Knoxville maintains a huge
Software Collection, categorized by math subject (accessed 2010-12-22). Many of the
programs are freeware.
- For an annotated list of free
statistics software on the Web, see
Web (accessed 2010-12-22).
- You’ll find lots of downloadable free Windows
and Linux software at Free
Statistics on the Web (accessed 2010-12-22). Despite the name, this list also covers
software for general graphing and symbolic manipulation.
- Lucas Allen has a blog,
Tech Powered Math
(accessed 2010-12-22), about
math technologies, focusing on handheld calculators. I teach with the
TI-83/84, and his site gave me some eye openers.
Procedures and Help, my site for students at Tompkins Cortland
Community College, has procedures and downloadable utility programs
for common tasks in statistics, calculus, algebra, and
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