Introducing computational thinking without programming

September 18, 2019 | Wolfram Research

Wolfram Research launches Wolfram|Alpha Notebook Edition, bringing advanced technical computing to students, educators and more, requiring no programming knowledge. Ideal for pre-university education and introductory math and physics courses for undergraduates, Wolfram|Alpha Notebook Edition combines the best of both the computational knowledge engine Wolfram|Alpha and the technical computing software Mathematica into a single, unified program for teaching and learning.

As computational thinking becomes increasingly critical in preparing individuals for the AI age, Wolfram|Alpha Notebook Edition is the most advanced platform and tool for learning how to solve real-world problems with built-in formulas and data, all callable with free-form input. Crafting computational essays is made easy with options for titles, sections, lists, citations, notes and fully typeset mathematical notation. Get immediate answers to natural language queries, create custom plots and graphics and generate dynamic output for real-time exploration. Everything is saved in an interactive Wolfram Notebook, so you can use it as class or reference materials—or present it as a dynamic slide show that engages audiences.

Popular with educators and students alike, step-by-step solutions to both simple and complex mathematical problems are only a click away. Users can also build up calculations using results from previous computations, assign variables and create their own functions. Educators can create interactive coursework and develop lessons, and assignments that students can explore on their own in one unified environment.

Wolfram Research’s Director of Sales & Strategic Initiatives, Cliff Hastings, states that since the release of Wolfram|Alpha in 2009, “teachers consistently tell us they also want a visualization and computation tool to help demonstrate difficult-to-grasp concepts—but they need it to be really simple to use, and they don’t want to spend time teaching software.” Feedback such as this is one of the primary foundations on which Wolfram|Alpha Notebook Edition was built. Watch this introductory video and visit the Wolfram Research website to begin your free trial today and see how Wolfram|Alpha Notebook Edition can enhance your classroom capabilities.

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