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If you’ve ever studied math, be it in high school, college or university, you must have had some dealings with functions. Back when I was in high school, we used to have to manually draw graphs on special graph paper based only on the functions. Boy, do I wish we had Google’s new graphing functionality back then!

So what is this graphing functionality all about? In short, it’s a simple way to plot numerous mathematical functions, right on Google.com’s search results page. Simply head over to Google.com and type in the function of your choice in the search box. Instantly, an interactive graph will pop up, complete with zoom buttons, pan options and the ability to see the x and y values for every single dot on the function’s line.

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If you’re interested in seeing how different functions relate to one another, try writing down several of them, separated by commas. The different functions will be presented in different colors, and you can switch between them using the dropdown menu on the right.

Whether you’re a true math lover, a math student, or just curious to see how even mathematical functions can be fun to play with, head over to Google.com and give it a try. And don’t forget to share your thoughts about it in the comments.

Source: Google Inside Search Blog
Image Credit: Young Teacher & Blackboard

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  1. Eempire
    December 9, 2011 at 8:27 am

    cool.

  2. Scutterman
    December 7, 2011 at 12:11 pm

    By the way, the "Subscribe by email" and "RSS" links don't appear under the comments when viewing on a mobile (HTC Sensation XE to be precise)

  3. Scutterman
    December 7, 2011 at 7:27 am

    Does this give any advantages over http://www.wolframalpha.com/ ?

    • Yaara
      December 8, 2011 at 12:54 am

      It's definitely a take on Wolfram Alpha. The biggest advantage that I can see is that most people use Google anyway, and this saves the need to go to a different website.

      The graphs in Google are also different, a bit more interactive. It all depends on what you need, you should try out both.

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