The math homework cheating machine does addition, subtraction, multiplication and long division. Unlike a calculator it shows its work, complete with little numbers written above other numbers and some numbers crossed out to indicate carrying and borrowing, not to mention place-holding zeroes. It then
renders the work in realistic handwriting and prints it in the same shade of gray as an HB pencil (erasable ink) on wide-rule three-hole-punched loose-leaf paper. And it writes your name in the upper-right-hand corner.

All you have to do is type in the math problems. Your teacher will never know.

Thinking more about the idea, I think it may actually be a useful learning tool. If you're not sure how to solve a problem, you no longer have to wait to ask a teacher. I think I'd use it, even though I'm a professional engineer. Of course it would need to solve integrals.

Actually, this is too late for me. I already passed my math classes the hard way, dammit. Where were you for those first two calc classes I had to drop?

I think that kids try to take too many short cuts the way it is. It is best we take the time and just learn it. If we do not then our kids will grow up without ever learning how to do something simple like balancing a checkbook. Anyway there are some math tools out there that already do this. I experimented with them in some advanced Calculus classes.

True - I refused to use a calculator in school & always read ahead one chapter - result: got highest Math Aptitude Tests/SAT in county, though I only took Algebra & Geometry & couldn't be bothered to arrive on time, if at all - to actual Math classes. (Generally, I'd show up to school at 10:00-10:15, just in time for the break) 1st Teachers on my schedule hated my guts.

Attempted sign-ups for the website that implements this since jordan1234: 24 [last: Apr 17 2011]

[This may appear like a low number, but it must be a small percentage compared to the frustrated visitors who at some point figure out that this is a suggestion rather than an invitation.]

I've never seen this idea before - I need this machine.

[AO]: Where can I get one? Can it do differential equations? Integration by parts? Guassian elimination (I **always** make a stupid mistake when doing that) ?

Maybe a scanner with some OCR software and a DIY CNC machine with instead of a blade it has a pencil or pen attached. I think the hardest part would be the programming, but i imagine highly doable!

I'm doing a thing at the moment that involves maths homework, it's actually very theraputic, like crosswords, soduku or the like. I bet if newspapers printed lists of bracketed equations to express in simple terms, there'd be people on trains and busses who'd lap it up!

Stop short of calculus? Then how the hell am I meant to do 2nd order differential equations? Laplace transforms? Fast Fourier Transorms? Finite Field Theory?