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Equator: Mac tools for physics students

updated 12:00 am EDT, Mon August 27, 2007

Equator physics tool

Equator Software, a new company formed by the co-founder of ON Technology, has debuted its first software title dubbed Equator. The software allows high school and college-level physics students to easily navigate mathematical problems with its integrated word processor-like math editor, drawing palette, searchable formula reference library, algebra generator and drag-and-drop calculator. Equator records each step of students' work, along with figures and comments, collects all problems of an assignment into a single file and then generates homework-quality documents that can be printed.

With the "Math Symbols" feature, students can format mathematical expressions directly from the keyboard. For example, to type the letter pi, simply type "P - I - spacebar." The reference library offers a bank of standard equations and constants that can be inserted into the current document. The tool can also perform most algebra transformations using drag-and-drop. For example, to divide both sides of Area = πr2 by π, students double-click π to select it, then drag it to the opposite side of the equation.




Equator is available immediately for download, and can be used freely during a seven day trial period. The company offers a number of pricing options that include: $15.00 for a three-month student license, $40.00 for a nine-month student license, $140 for an unlimited personal-use license and $300.00 for a nine-month classroom license.




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  1. hayesk

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    not bad, but old UI

    It's not a bad tool from the looks of it, although this is built into Word which most students will have. Mac Office for students is under $200, and this is $139. The price seems to be a bit high for what this does.

  1. bschauwe

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Correction

    Equator is not built into Word. It is a stand-alone application.

  1. hayesk

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Re: correction

    What I meant to say is that similar functionality is built into Word, not the application itself.

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