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Algebra was hard when I was an ninth grader. You know what? It's even harder now that my kids are in school and bringing this stuff home.

I don't remember anything, so I certainly can't check their homework.

Parents, who's with me? If you're smart you'll let an app to the grading.

PhotoMath is a camera calculator. Point your smartphone camera at a math question, and PhotoMath instantly displays the answer. 

No wonder a lot of teachers don't allow phones in class. PhotoMath can tackle basic arithmetic, fractions, decimals, linear equations and equation systems, even logarithms.

PhotoMath isn't for cheaters. It's for learners and teachers.

See, in addition to showing the answer, the app shows its work with a detailed step-by-step explanation.

At the moment, PhotoMath doesn't read handwriting. Only math problems printed in a textbook.

Parents who are not smarter than a fifth grader could use Wolfram-Alpha this school year. It has an answer for everything.

Wolfram Alpha uses many of the world's most advanced computers to answer practically anything a textbook can throw at students.

Math, chemistry, physics, astronomy, earth sciences, geography, history, even current cultural events. If the data is entered into a computer anywhere, it's somewhere in this app.

You can type the question or ask it all of that information at your fingertips. 

The full version is just $3, and it works on both iOS and Android devices. As a parent who's still doing homework, it's the best $3 I'll spend this year. 

To use the Wolfram Alpha educational search engine, click here.

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