Wolfram Astronomy Course Assistant

Wolfram Astronomy Course Assistant

By Wolfram Group LLC

  • Category: Education
  • Release Date: 2011-03-31
  • Current Version: 1.3.1
  • Adult Rating: 4+
  • File Size: 14.65 MB
  • Developer: Wolfram Group LLC
  • Compatibility: Requires iOS 9.3 or later.
Score: 3.5
3.5
From 13 Ratings

Description

Do you need an astronomy tool that does more than just show you pictures? Something that will actually help you with your school work? The Wolfram Astronomy Course Assistant provides a suite of useful tools for helping you in your introductory computational astronomy course. From fact checking to formulas, this app provides a convenient resource to help you complete your homework and study for tests. Answers are computed on the fly using input values you specify. This app covers the following topics, applicable to college-level Astronomy 120 or any other introductory computational astronomy course: - Get an overview of constellations, including the effects of proper motion - Learn the celestial reference points and their location in your sky - Explore solar system objects, properties, and dynamics - Study Moon phases, eclipses, and tides - Examine properties of over 100,000 stars, including distance, parallax, luminosity, and position on the Hertzsprung–Russell diagram - Learn about the seasons and when meteor showers occur - Access formulas such as Newton's and Kepler's laws, escape velocity, moments of inertia, angular momentum, and Einstein's famous E=mc^2 - Convert between wavelength and frequency, or find the energy of a photon - Understand the cosmological effects of universal expansion on light and the gravitational effects of black holes - Determine the probability of intelligent life on other worlds The Wolfram Astronomy Course Assistant is powered by the Wolfram|Alpha computational knowledge engine and is created by Wolfram Research, makers of Mathematica—the world's leading software system for mathematical research and education. The Wolfram Astronomy Course Assistant draws on the computational power of Wolfram|Alpha's supercomputers over a 3G, 4G, or Wi-Fi connection.

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  • Inane! Clueless. Arcane. (Sad.)

    1
    By Bozocity
    March 2013 hardware comparability update does nothing to fix the design flaws of this software. Prior Review: The "tour" in the update is just a frame showing what you could see just as easily by clicking through the app's many screens. The first one reads, "Use Wien's law..." yet the app still lacks any explanation of who Wien was, what the law shows, or why it matters. Still just a calculator for folks who already know. Useless for teaching one's self astronomy. Wolfram may be the King of the Nerds as a programmer, but he apparently needs some people-types to show him how or why data and calculations could be made to matter to actual customers. Wolfram needs to download a copy of Southern Star's SkySafari and read the fabulous Help pages as a model for just how good his app might be. Prior Review: Disappointing * Still disappointing after the update. The "in-app recommendations" are just advertisements for Wolfram's other apps, cluttering the main page of a paid app. The many technical terms remain undefined. Something? Maybe Wikipedia links if Wolfram lacks the data? This app might be useful for the last person in the universe taking a computational astronomy course using a textbook without an answer key. It presumably calculates all answers correctly, yet without explaining anything used in the calculation. There are sources listed, but most are not clickable links -- a "Wolfram" app denying the power of the Internet! It's a limited universal answer key, not a tutor. Prior Review: Disappointing * It's just a calculator. Nothing is explained, illuminated, or defined. I thought it would be fun to play with, that I could learn a lot from it, but no. Worse, it is slow and requires an Internet connection, even for simple tasks such as drawing a star chart or performing simple calculations. Those star charts and other results lack links to explain the objects on them. Maybe this is a five-star calculator, so if you know exactly why you need it, buy it. If you're an autodidact who hopes to learn computational astronomy from it, skip it. If you're Wolfram, think about how much better this could be, and update it. And, what's this? Immediately after I spend $5 for an unenthralling app that is not selling and review it as such, Wolfram puts it on sale?!
  • Grand Tour Continued ... ->

    5
    By GigaPan
    After 10 months from takeoff, There is now a needed update, which only enhances the package plus there is indeed built-in tour, which continues the experience to a new level. ========================== As a long time user of Mathematica (the first year it was released), and now using Algebra and Calculus Course Assistants as well as WolframAlpha, I have been anxiously awaiting the arrival of Astronomy and now have it on the same day it was released. I *know* that it will provide countless hours of usage. This app is the one I have wanted since it was first announced ... almost anything concerning Math and/or Astronomy I can now solve, or at least get very close to an answer, on my iPad.
  • Wolfram astronomy app

    3
    By Dequeiroz
    Would like to see declinations and right ascensions on constellation charts
  • Astronomy at it's best

    5
    By gray hulk
    Awesome thank you for the opportunity to learn astronomy this easily
  • Great App

    5
    By uga03
    If you enjoy astronomy then you will appreciate this app. Physics equations are calculated using most commonly the MKS system, even here in North America but this being an app of convenience allows you to avoid conversion & just choose what units you would like the answer in. Well put together app with tons of information!

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