iOS Apps for Math & Science – URSA 2011 Presentation

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  • Vernier Video Physics: Take a video of an object in motion, mark its position frame by frame, and set up the scale using a known distance. Video Physics then draws trajectory, position, and velocity graphs for the object. Perform on-the-go analysis of interesting motions. Measure the velocity of a child’s swing, a roller-coaster, or a car. Free.
  • EarthObserver: Learn about our planet’s terrestrial landscapes, oceans and seas, frozen ice caps, atmosphere and clouds, geologic terrains, topography, nautical charts, natural hazards, human impacts, and many other earth and environmental science topics as you travel and explore with your finger tips. Free.
  • Wolfram Alpha: With Wolfram|Alpha on your iPad, you can explore a vast world of knowledge, whether hanging out at the local coffee shop or relaxing on your couch. Use Wolfram|Alpha to discover new information about the world and to breathe expert knowledge into any facet of your life. $1.99 Universal App
  • Emerald Observatory: Emerald Observatory displays a wealth of astronomical information all on one screen, in a unique but understandable format. Information includes: – Times of rise and set for the Sun, the Moon, and the 5 classical planets, – Times of the beginning and ending of twilight, – Heliocentric orrery (display of the planets in orbit around the Sun), – Current phase and apparent orientation and relative size of the moon and LOTS more. $0.99
  • Stellarium: Stellarium is a planetarium for your iPhone. It shows a realistic sky in 3D, just like what you see with the naked eye, binoculars or a telescope. Let’s you identify almost any celestial body, constellation, cluster, etc. Includes: Images of nebulae, realistic Milky Way, planets and their satellites, powerful zoom and time control. Even has a point-to-identify mode using the iPad gyro! Free
  • Mythbusters HD: This is a fun honorable mention. Watch the most popular full screen MythBusters video clips and compete against other fans by busting 3 popular myths through full screen, multilevel casual games. Games are good, fun physics simulations and lead you to bust a myth on your own. If you like the show, you’ll love the app. $4.99
  • Nature Human Genome Special Edition: The draft human genome sequence, announced in 2000 promised great insights into human biology, medicine and evolution. To celebrate the 10th anniversary, Nature has repackaged the Human Genome at Ten news special into a free iPad App. Free
  • Periodic Table of the Elements: This is a standard periodic table of the elements – a necessity for anyone interested in or even exposed chemistry. However, the version differs in that instead of cramming all the information for an element into one little square, you can select a chemical attribute and have the entire chart color coded to plainly show how the different elements vary with regard to the selected trait. Free
  • 3D Brain: Use your touch screen to rotate and zoom around 29 interactive structures. Discover how each brain region functions, what happens when it is injured, and how it is involved in mental illness. Each detailed structure comes with information on functions, disorders, brain damage, case studies, and links to modern research. Free
  • iLab: Timer HD: In the Science lab, sometimes you just need to keep track of time. A stop-watch is good, but what if you need to keep track of 10 different experiments or tests? iLab: Timer HD will let you track the time, to a tenth of a second, of up to 10 different events. $1.99
  • The Elements: A Visual Exploration: If you think you’ve seen the periodic table, think again. The Elements: A Visual Exploration lets you experience the beauty and fascination of the building blocks of our universe in a way you’ve never seen before. This is the US English version of The Elements. Fully translated versions are also available in French, German, Japanese, and British English. $13.99
  • Solar Walk: “This 3D Solar System model enables you to navigate through space and time, observe all the planets in close-up, learn their trajectories, inner structure, history of their exploration, points of interest and more. Use 3D mode to get a more realistic experience! And zoom out to view and spin the entire Galaxy!” $2.99
  • Math

    • Number Line: Number LIne is a game that helps students lean about fractions, decimals, and percents by ordering equivalent fractions, decimals, and percents on a number line. $0.99
    • My Math App: My Math Flash Card App is for mastering basic elementary math facts. Free
    • Math Drills Lite: Graphically rich and fun environment allows a single students to learn basic math skills in addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. Free
    • Times Tables: Math Practice app that is engaging, fun and enriching. Multiple version available. Free
    • Flash to Pass: Flash to pass is an easy-to-use, elegant program designed to facilitate mastering the basic math facts learned in Elementary school. Free
    • Pop Math: Fun drill for practicing math facts. There is now a lite version, and an iPad version. $0.99
    • Quick Graph: Quick Graph is a powerful, high quality, graphic calculator that takes full advantage of the multitouch display
      and powerful graphic capibilites of the iPad. Free
    • SAT Math Testbank: Challenging simulated test questions with detailed solution to prepare for the Math Section of the SAT test. Free
    • Rocket Math: Play one of the 56 different math missions. Missions range in difficulty from even/odd numbers all the way to square roots, so kids and their parents will enjoy hours of fun while learning math. $0.99
    • MathBoard: MathBoard is appropriate for all ages from kindergarten (with simple addition and subtraction problems) to elementary school where learning multiplication and division can be a challenge. You can control the range of numbers you want to work with, the amount of questions you want to answer and even assign a time limit per quiz. $3.99
    • Math Magic: Math Magic uses a combination of your choice of vibrant colours, simple interface and a reward system of stars to encourage and teach kids between the ages of 3 and 8. It’s really easy to use. The child simply has to tap on an answer to solve the problem. Whether they get the answer right or not, a real voice expresses appreciation for the child choosing a response. $0.99
    • Science 360

      Leaf Snap


      Everyday Mathmatics from McGraw Hill

      Our World – Al Gore app

      CK-12 Text Books


      From Guy Durrant



      • Biology
        • Cell Imaging HD (slow load, beautiful images, large database)
        • LeafSnap electronic fieldguide. Free, but limited iPod and iPad
        • 3D Cell Simulation and Stain Tool (beautiful images, slow to download) Rotate and zoom. Free (iPad)
        • Dichot key (for use within the BYU Monte Bean museum) free
      • Phyx
        • Intellective Physics (Free)
        • Video Science (large collection of science demo videos) Free
      • Astronomy there are bucketloads of astronomy apps
        • GoSkyWatch (free or $3.99 for +
        • SkyOrb 3D Free +
        • StarWalk (2.99 iPod, 4.99 iPad)
        • Planets (free) +
        • Exoplanet (free) db of all extrasolar planets
        • pUniverse ($2.99+, 3.99 iPad), pU Express is free
      • Geology
        • Seismic (iPod) (.99) not pretty, but fast and effective
        • QuakeWatch + (.99)
        • USGSSeismic (free) RSS feed from USGS (iPod)

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