10 iPad apps for back to school

10 iPad apps for back to school

Summary: The summer is almost over and for students that means it will be soon time to get back to school. Those carrying iPads back to to the hallowed halls of academia should look at these apps.

TOPICS: Mobility, Apps, iPad

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  • Quick Graph+: Your Scientific Graphing Calculator

    This app puts a full graphing calculator inside the iPad. It has an equation editor that makes it as easy as can be to get the information in the calculator and then solve them with full 2D and 3D graphing.

    Commonly used equations can be stored for retrieval and graphics can be saved to the photo library on the iPad.

    From the developer:


    - Unlimited graphs.

    - VGA Output.

    - 2D - 3D equation plotting.

    - Library for commonly used equations.

    - Wireframe and solid visualization.

    - Support for cartesian, polar, cylindrical and spherical coordinate systems.

    - Pinch to zoom.

    - Drag to rotate - move.

    - Swipe to delete equations from the equation list.

    - Shake to reset view to original state, or to clear entry fields.

    - Double tap to change visualization modes.

    - Enhanced 2D mode for great hi-res graphics.

    - Adaptive 2D algorithms.

    - Enhanced 3D mode with better graphics.

    - In-app email so you can share graphics and equations.

    - Save to photo library.

    - Copy to clipboard.

    - Enhanced equation visualization.

    - Hyperbolic and Inverse functions.

    - Special functions such as Min, Max, if.

    - Interactive expression evaluation.

    - Implicit graphs and inequalities.

    - 2D tracing.

    - 2D independent axis scaling.

    - Labels and notes for library entries

    - Roots and Intersections

    - Value Table

    - Turn graphs on/off.

    Price: $1.99

    Download: From the iTunes Store

  • The Elements: A Visual Exploration

    Every student has to study the periodic table at some point, and The Elements is a fantastic way to do so. The table is presented in an animated fashion that presents lots of information about each element when tapped.

    This app is one of the best on the iPad and shouldn't be missed.

    From the publisher:

    Go to each element's second page and you find a fascinating story about the element, surrounded by carefully photographed objects representing it. Every one of these objects, well over 500 in total, is a freely rotatable, live object that you can examine from all sides and pinch zoom to see in unprecedented detail.

    Touch the element name at the top of the page and you can see that element’s name in over a dozen different languages. Choose one and you’ll find that the entire book, stories, captions and all, switches to that language: The Elements includes both the full English original text and over a dozen full translations.

    Pinch-zoom or tap any object to bring it up full screen, where you can split into a pair of stereo 3D images. Using inexpensive 3D glasses you can see all 500 objects pop off the screen in 3D, and you can spin the objects, in 3D, with the touch of a finger. You can’t get much more virtually real than that.

    Price: $13.99

    Download: From the iTunes Store

  • iStudiez Pro

    This app not only tracks basic assigments but will also track lectures, labs, project deadlines, and more. It can be used to plan homework for those with the busiest course load.

    There is a Today view that provides focus for all of the various tasks at hand that is very useful. It is a full planner that even allows tracking information about each course instructor, including office hours and contact information. Students can even track their grades/GPA on the fly.

    From the developer:


    Unique built-in planner lets you input and easy manage all types of schedules including classic, alternating (A & B weeks), rotating and block schedule.

    Not only you can enter most common course details, but also add instructors with all related information such as office hours, affiliation, phone number and email address. As well you are welcome to add holiday periods and even cancel separate classes in case of outstanding events.

    In addition, you are supplied with an expanded set of icons designed especially for iStudiez Pro to mark your class types and extracurricular activities. Color labels are available for your convenience to mark each particular course.


    Special section is dedicated to keep track of your homework and assignments. Whatever is the way you are used to manage your tasks, you will find it all in iStudiez Pro. Either you want to organize your assignments by date, by course or by priority, or sort them into pending and completed, you have all options at your hand.


    Once your schedule is added, the summary of current classes and tasks is automatically reflected in Today view.

    You'll see list of events and assignments including all details such as event type, location, time left, class instructor, number of tasks pending and what's next on schedule.

    Courses reflected in Today view are easily modifiable in each and every detail.

    Today icon always sticks you to the current date!


    This option is based on assignments (support of weighted/non-weighted assignments), and GPA calculator is available both for current and past semesters. Support of most world used grading scales (letter grades, percents, points).


    You will always be up to date with pending tasks and upcoming classes and events with iStudiez Pro. The app boasts Push Notifications feature which allows you set general alarm time for your classes and separate alarms for each of your assignments and homework.

    Setting the alarms is quick and smartly integrated within the interface of the app, so prepare to be the most resulting fellow ever with no special memorizing efforts!


    No way you will ever lose your data if something's wrong with your device. iStudiez Pro takes care of you and offers the option to back up your data by sending it to your e-mail address with tapping just one button!

    Price: $2.99

    Download: From the iTunes Store

Topics: Mobility, Apps, iPad

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