Solve math equations with Math Assistant in OneNote

Write or type any math problem and Math Assistant in OneNote can solve it for you—helping you reach the solution quickly, or displaying step-by-step instructions that help you learn how to reach the solution on your own. After solving your equation, there are many options to continue exploring math learning with Math Assistant.

Note: This feature is only available if you have a Microsoft 365 subscription. If you are a Microsoft 365 subscriber, make sure you have the latest version of Office.

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Step 1: Enter your equation

In the Draw tab, write or type your equation. Use the Lasso Select tool to draw a circle around the equation. Then select Math. This will open the Math Assistant pane.

Learn more: Create your equation using ink or text.

Type in the number of questions for the practice quiz.

Step 2: Solve your equation

To solve the current equation, do any of the following:

Click or tap the Select an action box and then choose the action you want Math Assistant to take. The available choices in this drop-down menu depend on the selected equation.

Learn more: check the Supported Equations tab and Problem types supported by Math Assistant

Review the solution that OneNote displays underneath the action you selected. In the example below, the selected option Solve for x displays the solution.

The Show Steps button in the Math task pane

  • To learn how OneNote solved the problem, you can click or tap Show steps, and then select the detail of what you want to view. The available choices in this drop-down menu depend on the selected equation.

  • To hear the solution steps read out loud, select Immersive Reader Icon for Immersive Reader to launch it from OneNote.

  • Generate a practice quiz to keep practicing this type of equation.

    Solution steps in the Math Assistant task pane

Tip: You can drag the solution steps to any place on your page.

Problem Types Supported by Math Assistant

When you use Math Assistant in OneNote, you'll notice that the Select an action dropdown beneath the equation changes depending on your selected equation. Here are some of the problem types supported depending on the equation you're trying to solve.

Note: This feature is only available if you have a Microsoft 365 subscription. If you are a Microsoft 365 subscriber, make sure you have the latest version of Office.

Arrays

For a list of real numbers, all of the below are supported.
 

  • Evaluate

  • Sort

  • Mean

  • Median

  • Mode

  • Sum

  • Product

  • Greatest Common Factor

  • Least Common Multiple

  • Variance

  • Standard Deviation

  • Minima

  • Maxima

    A list of Arrays in Math Assistant.

    For polynomials, the supported actions are Greatest Common Factor and Least Common Multiple. You can also choose to Graph in 2D to view the graphs of all your functions.

    List of Arrays in Math Assistant

Expressions

For any expression, the available actions are:

  • Evaluate

  • Verify

  • Expand (if applicable)

  • Factor (if applicable)

  • Graph in 2D (only available if there is a variable)

  • Differentiate (only available if there is a variable)

  • Integrate (only available if there is a variable)

    A list of Expressions in Math Assistant

Equations and inequalities

For equations and inequalities, the following actions are available:

  • Solve for {your variable}

  • Graph Both Sides in 2D — Each of the sides of the equality or inequality is graphed as a separate function.

  • Graph in 2D — A graph of the equation or inequality solutions

  • Graph Inequality — Marks the solution area on the graph

    An equation with a dropdown of ways to solve it.

Systems

It is important to have an equal number of equations and variables to ensure the correct functions are available. Systems can be written in two different ways: 

  1. One below another, with or without a big brace before them

    A systems equation written with brackets

  2. In one line divided by a comma


    A systems equation written with a comma

Derivatives and integrals

Derivatives can be written either with d/dx before the function, or with a prime mark.

Example derivatives and integrals equation

The actions available for derivatives and integrals are:

  • Evaluate

  • Graph in 2D

  • Differentiate

  • Integrate (for derivatives only)

    Sample equation showing solution options for derivatives and integrals

Matrices

Matrices can be written with square or round brackets. The following actions are supported for matrices:

  • Evaluate

  • Calculate Determinant

  • Invert Matrix

  • Calculate Trace

  • Transpose Matrix

  • Matrix Size

  • Reduce Matrix


Solution options for Matrices

Matrix equations are not currently supported.

Graphing in polar coordinates

To graph a function in polar coordinates, r needs to be expressed as a function of theta.

Polar Coordinates graph example

Complex mode

Note: Select Settings to switch between real numbers and complex numbers.

For complex expressions and numbers containing imaginary unit i, the following actions are available.

  • Evaluate

  • Real Part

  • Imaginary Part

  • Conjugate

  • Modulus

  • Argument

  • Differentiate (only if there is a variable)

  • Integrate (only if there is a variable)

    Complex mode solution options

Learn More

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