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 November 14th, 2011, 02:55 PM #1 Joined: Aug 2011 Posts: 67 Thanks: 0 Wacom tablets and algebra/math software Hey everyone, I have currently been wasting a lot of paper and money for my math problems. So for both the environment and also my pocket I am thinking of switching over to a tablet. I am just wondering if anyone has used a Wacom tablet for writing out equations/questions or maths problems before. If so can you recommend any software which is capable of doing such a thing. I'm using a Mac though.
 November 14th, 2011, 03:02 PM #2 Global Moderator     Joined: Nov 2009 From: Northwest Arkansas Posts: 2,766 Thanks: 3 Re: Wacom tablets and algebra/math software I use a Wacom on a Mac all the time. I have a "Bamboo" model and another (not sure which, but I have the ~$70 model and the ~$200 model). Both work fine, it just depends on the software that you use. The vast majority of my Wacom use is on virtual classroom/whiteboard applications for online tutoring (and I'm not impressed with these companies' software). But I do have many gainfully employed artist/design friends who use Wacoms for work. I'll see what the recommend for (y)our needs.
 November 15th, 2011, 01:36 AM #3 Joined: Aug 2011 Posts: 67 Thanks: 0 Re: Wacom tablets and algebra/math software Thanks Chaz for the help. Yeah I have a few friends who use them for graphic design etc but know of no one using them for math calculations. Please let me know if you come across anything. Thanks.
 January 21st, 2012, 04:08 PM #4 Joined: Jan 2012 Posts: 4 Thanks: 0 Re: Wacom tablets and algebra/math software Has anybody tried using actual tablet computers so you can write directly on the screen? The ones with a sharp stylus and Wacom-made screens seem good, but I can't find any in local stores to try. e.g. ASUS EP121 or e.g. HP TM2
 February 6th, 2012, 08:39 AM #5 Joined: Feb 2012 Posts: 5 Thanks: 0 Re: Wacom tablets and algebra/math software I own a Wacom tablet and have tried using it for simple mathematical expressions (just fine), but for more complex math equations, you are better off using paper and pencil. Computers are useful to a point, they are better for storing and organizing information, but lacking when it comes to the learning process. If I were to learn piano or organ, I would not use "software" to replicate the experience I want the real thing! So for math, paper and pencil/pen are your superior instruments.
 February 27th, 2012, 06:06 PM #7 Joined: Nov 2011 Posts: 4 Thanks: 0 Re: Wacom tablets and algebra/math software Follow-up to my previous post about OneNote: If anyone is interested in seeing what my work looks like in OneNote, I have a sample jpg I can send. I don't know if I can display it on this forum. I use a Fujitsu T900 and I just got a Fujitsu T901. Both run Windows 7 32 bit. I got the Fujitsu because it has the largest screen I could find, 13.3" WXGA. It is only a little bit smaller than an 8.5/11 sheet of paper, and exactly the same size as the portion you would be writing on, so I can pretty much use it as a sheet of paper. After more than a year of using tablet computers, I honestly believe that pencil and paper are going to be obsolete in the near future. My T900 died (under warrantee) last month, and I had to send it in for more than a week for warrantee repair. I found paper and pencil to be so obnoxious after using the T900 exclusively, that I purchased a T901 so that I can have a backup tablet computer. I simply can't do without it any more. The funny thing is, I have no problem using pencil and paper for an exam, it's not that I have lost the ability to use pencil and paper, it's just that the annoyance factor of futzing around with paper and having find a place to file the homework, etc., is now intolerable. With the tablet, everthing is automatically filed and at my fingertips. Computers are good for storing and retrieving information, but that is no longer their primary use. Cell phones wouldn't exist without a computer inside doing all the work. Nor would HDTV's, audio systems, microwave ovens, refigerators, automobiles, remote controls, you name it. They are ubiquitous as controllers and communicators and they enhance virtually every aspect of our lives in the 21st century. Using a computer to replace paper and pencil for math is, in my opinion, the next logical step. Most instructors don't currently use tablets for math lectures, but they do use technology, and the technology they use is laughable and primitive compared to what they could do with OneNote and a tablet computer. The only reason they don't use them is because they don't know about them yet. But the IPAD is opening peoples eyes to what an intelligent pad can do, just the same way that the Iphone introduced people to how an intelligent communication device can enhance peoples lives. It is only a matter of time (and I think a very short time) until people will look back at the paper and pencil the same way we look at clay tablets and cunieform writing. My analogy for the Wacom (with the right software) is that it compares to paper and pencil the way an electronic piano keyboard compares to a piano. All the hand motions and coordination are exactly the same. The feel is a little different, but the versatility is much enhanced. The software doesn't do the work for you, it just takes some drudgery out and gives you MORE time to learn concepts and improve skills. I'll take any edge I can get.

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