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**roniman****Member**- Registered: 2013-11-24
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As stated in my intro thread, I make math worksheets on Excel for fun.

Someone pointed out that most people use Mathematica. I was just curious if anyone can tell me how the worksheet aspect on the program works?

Mainly, when I use Excel, I use their random number generator so I can recreate as many worksheets as possible without worrying about repeated worksheets. Does mathematica do this?

And if mathematic doesn't do this, i'm curious if any site/service does.

If not, is anyone interested in having me to share what I make with them?

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**anonimnystefy****Real Member**- From: The Foundation
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Mathematica is not a spreadsheet program. It is a Computer Algebra System. It can do almost anything math-related and many things that are not.

It has integration, limits, sums, series expansion, numerics, plotting, solving equations, systems of equations and differential equations. It has procedural programming commands.

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**roniman****Member**- Registered: 2013-11-24
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I don't have it, so I'm just curious if it makes worksheets.

I tutor kids and I need worksheets all the time. And I hear about the amazing things that M does. I was just wondering if it can print worksheets easily.

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**anonimnystefy****Real Member**- From: The Foundation
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It doesn't worksheets, but it can do anything you would want to do with a worksheet. The only problem is price (unless you can fibd it for free like some of us have ).

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**roniman****Member**- Registered: 2013-11-24
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like i said, i make a lot of worksheets that are self-replicating. i just want to offer them (free) to people on this forum who have a need for them. i figured it's a good way to get to know more people here.

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**anonimnystefy****Real Member**- From: The Foundation
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What kind of spreadsheets?

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**roniman****Member**- Registered: 2013-11-24
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for example, when i teach inverse operations to my students. I made worksheets that had problems like 2x+1=17

but i hated having to recreate more worksheets if they needed more help. So I figured out how to use the random number generator to make problems over and over again.

so in the previous example, i made a worksheet that had 40 problems such as the one you see, but say you do it, and realized you need to do more problems, just hit f9 and a whole new set will pop up.

i have like over 100+ topics from pre-algebra to calc.

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anonimnystefy wrote:

It doesn't worksheets, but it can do anything you would want to do with a worksheet. The only problem is price (unless you can fibd it for free like some of us have ).

But if he is doing the worksheets by firing up a PRNG, it could be possible in Mathematica too.

Hi roniman,

Maxima and Sage which are free softwares can give a reduced similar experience

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**anonimnystefy****Real Member**- From: The Foundation
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As I understand it, he created Excel spreadsheets with random numbers to generate the problems.

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Yes. Why can't Mathematica generate random numbers?

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**anonimnystefy****Real Member**- From: The Foundation
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It can.

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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It can also generate random answers too.

**In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.**

**I agree with you regarding the satisfaction and importance of actually computing some numbers. I can't tell you how often I see time and money wasted because someone didn't bother to run the numbers.**

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**anonimnystefy****Real Member**- From: The Foundation
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And, as you've shown us, random problems.

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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And random random numbers too.

**In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.**

**I agree with you regarding the satisfaction and importance of actually computing some numbers. I can't tell you how often I see time and money wasted because someone didn't bother to run the numbers.**

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**anonimnystefy****Real Member**- From: The Foundation
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Can it generate random functions?

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Yes, even random CAS.

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**anonimnystefy****Real Member**- From: The Foundation
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And random computers?

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Computers are already random, they never do the same thing twice and are unpredictable.

Random languages

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**anonimnystefy****Real Member**- From: The Foundation
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Random paradigms.

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**bob bundy****Moderator**- Registered: 2010-06-20
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Using Excel does have an advantage: one's pupils are more likely to be able to take a copy and practise at home.

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And now Wolfram Alpha has a problem creator feature!

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Yes but have they changed it over to a free service yet?

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