MathXpert, Software for Learning Algebra and Calculus

Michael Beeson
Departments of Computer Science and Mathematics
San Jose State University
San Jose, CA 95192-0103, USA

Abstract. MathXpert is software designed to help students learn algebra and calculus. It contains a symbolic computation system capable of generating step-by-step solutions to most (symbolic) textbook problems in those areas. However, it does not merely exhibit these solutions. Instead, it uses its computational abilities to assist the student to generate such step-by-step solutions. The different ways in which it can assist the student include giving "hints", showing the suggested next step, showing what operation leads to that next step, or generating the entire solution. Graphical support is also available - you are never more than one click from a relevant graph.