Microsoft is adding a graphing mode to the Windows 10 calculator. The company made the calculator an open-sourced on GitHub in order to get contribution earlier this month and so far they have received over thirty suggestions from contributors so far, as spotted by ZDNet.
The graphing mode is the first open-sourced suggestion to be chosen. It was Microsoft engineer Dave Grochocki’s idea, who suggested that students could use the graphing feature to study algebra. He pointed out that algebra is the stepping stone to more advanced mathematics and other science and engineering courses, but it’s also a class that students in the US commonly fail.
some of the main goals of the app are:
- Provide a great baseline graphing calculator experience in Windows Calculator
- Support all US common core math curriculum, including:
- Ability to build and interpret functions
- Understand linear, quadratic, and exponential models
- Trigonometric functions
- Reason with equations and inequalities
A lot of basic calculator apps don’t have a graphing feature, so the Windows 10 calculator might also be getting a leg up on rival apps. As of now, the feature’s still under development but GitHub notes indicate users would be able to graph linear, quadratic, and exponential equations.