[Blindmath] Calculus, Mathematica, and the Macintosh

M Lakhani muzz.lakhani at googlemail.com
Thu Jan 23 03:07:37 UTC 2014


I've found that writing a simple c/c++ program using math.h in the header solves most of my calculus stuff! :)
ATB
Muzz m 

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> On 21 Jan 2014, at 23:04, sabra1023 <sabra1023 at gmail.com> wrote:
> 
> APH has made an accessible graphing calculator. You can pay for it if they want, but I do most of my stuff using a spreadsheet onExcel or numbers. Both Windows and Mac have a built-in calculator as well. There are also two free audio graphing programs called voice and math track. Unless you get that graphing calculator that just came out, you might be stuck doing some of the things by hand, which isn't fair, but that's the way it is. I took calculus and statistics high school, and that was how it was for me. I didn't even know about Excel and what it could do, so I was even worse off than that respect.
> 
>> On Jan 21, 2014, at 1:18 PM, Sean Tikkun <jaquis at mac.com> wrote:
>> 
>> Mathematica has a GUI interface?  Wow I'm showing me age!  My dept. chair wrote a great book on learning calculus through animation and programming.  The animation is obviously not helpful, but the code in "animating Calculus" and the problem types they solve could be a nice resource.  The book is by Stan Wagon and Ed Packel.  I am writing Packel about getting an accessible copy.  I'll keep folks informed.
>> 
>> 
>>> On Jan 21, 2014, at 10:15 AM, Pielaet, Jon <JPielaet at clark.edu> wrote:
>>> 
>>> Mathematica does in fact have a command line interface.
>>> 
>>> Here is a page that describes using Mathematica without the graphical interface:
>>> 
>>> http://pages.uoregon.edu/noeckel/Mathematica.html
>>> 
>>> Good luck in your courses.
>>> 
>>> Sincerely, 
>>> 
>>> 
>>> Jon Pielaet
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>>> -----Original Message-----
>>> From: Blindmath [mailto:blindmath-bounces at nfbnet.org] On Behalf Of Suzanne Germano
>>> Sent: Saturday, January 18, 2014 5:45 PM
>>> To: Blind Math list for those interested in mathematics
>>> Subject: Re: [Blindmath] Calculus, Mathematica, and the Macintosh
>>> 
>>> There are some websites that do that. One of the best is wolfram alpha. I
>>> don't know if it works with voiceover but you can try it for free
>>> 
>>> I find it very interesting they want the students to use a ti 89. I am a
>>> computer science student and have taken calculus 1,2 and 3. I am currently
>>> in applied linear slfebra. We were specifically told no ti 89 because they
>>> do derivatives snd integrals and we needed to be able to do them ourselves
>>> since that was the pirpose of the class.
>>> 
>>> You can google for websites that solve integrals and derivatives that is
>>> ehat i did to verify homework. Then you could try them out to check
>>> accessabilty with voiceover.
>>> 
>>> Suzanne
>>> 
>>> On Saturday, January 18, 2014, Smith, Andrew <smitha3 at students.rowan.edu>
>>> wrote:
>>> 
>>>> Hello all,
>>>> I am a college student majoring in Computer Science.  This semester, I
>>>> am taking a Calculus course, and I will be needing a program that
>>>> evaluates limits, sums, derivatives, integrals, simplifies fractions,
>>>> etc.  The obvious candidate is Mathematica, however from what I can
>>>> gather, it is inaccessible on the Macintosh with VoiceOver.
>>>> 
>>>> Is there a way to make Mathematica accessible on the Macintosh; or,
>>>> failing that, is there another program that is preferred?  The rest of
>>>> the class will be using the TI89 calculator, but to the best of my
>>>> knowledge there is no way to make that accessible.
>>>> 
>>>> I will also be needing to read documents that utilize MathType.  Is
>>>> there a way to read this with a screen reader?
>>>> Thanks for all help and suggestions.
>>>> 
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