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Bing improves its math skills with interactive times table, geometry calculator & more


Since launching search results for an interactive solar system and a periodic table, Bing announced today a new set of educational resources with the rollout of six new interactive answers for math-related searches.

The new interactive answers are attached to searches for “multiplication table” or “times table,” geometry-related searches, a function grapher, number answers, a “number converter” and a “polynomial equation solver.”

Today is the annual celebration of Pi Day. In honor of this day, and to help students of different ages learn and practice mathematics in an immersive way, the Bing Education team developed a number of interactive answers.

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Now, a Bing search for “multiplication table” or “times table” will deliver an interactive multiplication table at the top of the results.

The multiplication table shows answers up to 15 x 15, and includes a quiz function. There’s also a print button so that quizzes can be printed for offline use.

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Bing’s geometry calculator works with specific geometry-related searches and solves equations for up to 21 different geometric figures.

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Bing’s “geometry shape” tool will will display labeled diagrams for two- and three-dimensional geometric figures for searches on specific shapes, along with facts related to the shape and a link to the geometry calculator.

The number converter quickly converts a number from one system to another (e.g., decimal to binary), and the “number answer” tool offers properties for numbers up to 10 million, listing facts like whether or not the number is prime.

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As part of its education-related interactive answers, Bing has also built a function grapher and polynomial equation solver.

The function grapher offers an interactive graph to solve for “x” when a user types any function into the Bing search box.

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The “polynomial equation solver” determines solutions of single-variable polynomial equations.

“Not only does it show the solutions, or ‘roots’ to these equations,” reports Bing, “The solver rewrites the equation in standard form, factorizes the equation when possible, lists the local min/max points, and displays the solutions graphically.”

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Bing says its latest round of educational resources is a new milestone in its aim to create “fun, interactive” tools for students.

 

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