The massive appeal of smartphones is their multi-functionality. Not only can you make calls, but you can return email, take notes, snap photos, pay bills… and the list goes on. With the app functionality that just keeps expanding, what used to be every day items, are no longer needed. With Archimedes by Patrick Pijnappel and Niels Andriesse, the scientific calculator is one thing that has definitely been replaced.
Archimedes has taken the scientific calculator and supercharged it for the mobile device. Here is the apps full description:
Archimedes is the scientific calculator reinvented for the 21st century. It’s much simpler yet more powerful, made with attention to the tiniest detail.
Archimedes is one of the first calculators to feature an inbuilt formula library. It’s as simple as picking a formula and filling in the variables. The answer is calculated automatically, and even units are fully supported.
Intersecting, integrating and finding derivatives should be intuitive and straightforward. Archimedes lets you interact directly with plots and makes it all as easy as dragging your fingers across the screen.
Archimedes is backed by a powerful mathematical engine. Equations are solved automatically and can be shown in both exact and numeric form, and even systems of equations are supported.
Developed by Patrick Pijnappel & Niels Andriesse
What’s New in Version 3.1
iOS 9 support (incl. split-screen), extra formulas and important bug fixes.
Archimedes is exactly as it is described: the scientific calculator reinvented for the 21st century. Upon opening the app you are greeted with the familiar numbered keyboard and screen layout. The design is simple but I really like the black and gray combo. I have always been a fan of the darker themes for apps as a whole. Then to hint at the additional functionality, there are areas marked in yellow text at the bottom and sides of the screen. The Advanced and Other areas are easily accessed by swiping left or right to reveal more options on the keypad. This includes the ability to plot points for graphing and insert variables for equations. The problems are solved automatically and can be shown in exact and numeric form.
What really makes Archimedes surpass my expectations is the Library area. Here you can find a list of equations from anything to Sine to Law of Refraction. Want to see the equation broken down? Just tap the “i” on the right to see the variables defined and even a Wikipedia link for even more explanation. My old calculator couldn’t do that. The app is currently listed at $4.99, but that is a drop in the bucket when you think how much a separate calculator with this capability usually runs for.
Archimedes is a smooth, full featured app that is sure to impress even the most mathematical brains out there. It is available now in the App Store and is compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.