Tuesday, June 3, 2014

How-to Create Math Documents Quick and Easy with g(math)

Math teachers... have you ever tried to make a custom worksheet for your class and about 45 min later you want to chuck your computer out the window?  Let's face it, trying to create math equations in a word processor sucks!

That's where teacher John McGowan comes to the rescue with his new Google add-on called g(math).

This cool little equation editor that allows you to bust out math equations faster than Google Drive's built-in equation editor.

To get you up and going, I'm going to provide a written and video tutorial to guide you through the process.

Video Guide

Written Guide: Part 1 - Creating an Equation

Step 1: Open a document yo!

Step 2: Select the "Add-ons" menu and click "Get add-ons"

Step 3: Search for "math" in the search bar and click on "g(math)" to install.

Step 4: After it is installed, click on the "Add-ons" menu again and select "Create math expressions".

Step 5: A sidebar will open up to the right.  Click on a prebuilt function, or if you want to get really geeky, then you can learn LaTex.

Step 6: Change the constants and coefficients of the equation and then click "Insert".

Step 7: Voila! Your equation is now in the document.

Written Guide: Part 2 - Adding a Graph

Step 1: Adding a graph is similar to adding an equation.  After you install g(math), choose "Create a graph" from the "Add-ons" menu.

Step 2: Type in your equation into the field provided.  You can also put in a second equation if you have a system of equations.

Note: If you need help with what to type to make a multiplication sign or any other math operator, then you can go here.

Step 3: Voila! There's your beautiful graph!

1 comment:

  1. Can I create randomized quizzes where students have to solve 2x+3y=12 for x, but the 2, the 3 and 12 might be different for every student?