Microsoft Mathematics and OneNote

(Note: Microsoft Mathematics can also be used independently of OneNote)

Microsoft OneNote has many excellent features that support note-taking and searchability, but there are too many features to list in one post. This post will focus on Microsoft Math and OneNote. First of all, there is a built in calculator in OneNote that can be used when typing.  Just type the calculations, add an equals sign and press enter:

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(Note that trigonometric functions in OneNote are in degrees rather than radians.)  For a list of mathematical operations and supported functions, check out the informational page at Microsoft.com.

Microsoft OneNote makes it easy to ink mathematics using the “Ink to Math” option:

MSMath-02It does pretty well at guessing what you mean – but the more information it has, the  better it can guess.  So expect to see it adjust frequently as you write.

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Once you are comfortable with the Ink to Math feature, using Microsoft Mathematics can give many more options.  Microsoft Mathematics is a free download and can be used independently, but once you have installed it then you can also install the add-in for OneNote. This gives many options.  You can use the add-in to graph equations.

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You can also use it to factor or expand polynomial expressions, find derivatives or integrals, or even plot graphs in 2D or 3D:

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The best part about this is that you can use this in class as a substitute for chalk and blackboard, and then print the notes to pdf so the students can use them as a resource, or to create their own activities in OneNote.

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