Equator Software has released its first product, Equator 1.0. The integrated text editor and calculator enables high school and college physics students to solve and present mathematical problems.
The program features an integrated word processor-like math editor, drawing palette, searchable formula reference library, algebra generator and drag-and-drop calculator.
Equator records each step of the studentis work, along with figures and comments, collects all problems of an assignment into a single file and makes it easy to print homework-quality documents.
The company contrasted its product to more expensive offerings: "Unlike expensive programs that include Mathematica and Maple that retail for hundreds of dollars, Equator is priced so that any student can easily afford to use it on their Macintosh or PC-based computers."
The software was developed by a Georgia Tech professor, Dr. Loren Platzman. A Windows version is also available.
Equator 1.0 is immediately available and requires Mac OS X 10.3 or later. A student license for three months is priced at US$15 and $40 for nine months.