This app allows a user to plot one or more algebraic functions on a coordinate plane and use sliders to manipulate its constants.
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If you do not know what function you want, or simply do not wish to type in your own function, there is a list of preset functions available for your convenience. Tap the button and then select the function(s) you wish to graph from the window. Tap the images of however many graphs you may want, and tap the Done button, or simply double-tap a single graph to quickly select it. Your function(s) will appear shortly on the graph, and will be available for editing in the function edit box if you should choose to make modifications.
The first preset is known as the "mirror" preset. It is always a copy of the current graph and cannot be deleted. The "mirror" preset allows you to add saved graphs to your own graph - simply select the mirror preset along with whatever other presets you select.
You will notice that your presets sometimes appear briefly as the Math Flyer logo. To conserve resources, the presets' images are generated on the fly as you need them, and the Math Flyer logo simply indicates that an image for a graph is still in the process of being generated. Wait a moment, and the graph should appear
If you have a favorite graph that you don't see already represented in the presets list, or just have a lesson plan idea that you don't want to have to build on the spot, you can easily save a graph to load later. Simply build the function and move the window to where you want, and tap the icon. Your functions, windows and sliders' parameters will all be saved. If you save your function in single-letter variable mode and then re-open it in arbitrary-length-variable mode, Math Flyer will adjust the function as needed so that it opens and draws as expected. And the same holds in the other direction!
To delete an unwanted preset, simply tap the in its corner in Preset Selection Mode. The first preset is known as the "mirror" preset. It is always a copy of the current graph and cannot be deleted. Deleted custom presets cannot be restored, and must be made again. To restore the factory default presets, you can reset the application with the "reset" button. Be aware that this will delete all your custom presets.
If you would like to change a specific value in the function without returning to the function input screen and without using the slider, you may also click on the value. This will open a small text box where you can change the value.
Leave the edit box with "Done" to accept the value. This feature is also useful for changing the increment value of the slider (as described above) because changing the least significant digit (the digit furthest to the right) controls the value by which the slider increments.
Tapping the button on the toolbar will cause old graph lines to remain visible (in a lighter gray) as you change the function by moving the sliders. You will notice that when in trace mode the button's image changes to . Many options are disabled while in trace mode. To leave trace mode, touch the button again.
Math Flyer offers a few ways to change the boundaries of one's graph
Setting exact values for axis minimums and maximums: You may set the graph boundaries by tapping the button in the middle of the toolbar and entering new values for x max, x min, y max, and y min.
Touching the button on the toolbar causes numbers in the formula to display as fractions instead of decimals. Like the button, this button is a toggle, and touching it a second time will return the app to decimal mode. Note that fractions may be entered anywhere at any time, whether in fraction or decimal mode.
The x values in the table increment equally and then give the corresponding f(x) values for the functions. You can change these data values by entering a new start value and a new step value. Note that there are no minimum or maximum values. Simply scroll as far as you like.
If you would like to see more or fewer digits, you can select however many you prefer under "Digits after Decimal".
Tapping the button on the toolbar enables the user to take snapshots/pictures of the graphs. The snapshot of the graph along with its functions is automatically stored in the photos folder of your device. The saved images can then be sent as email attachments or printed, as your device allows.
The resources view contains helpful information such as version number and help files. In it you will also find the reset button and settings page.
The Settings PageThe "settings" button on the info page brings you to a page where you may set certain parameters of Math Flyer. These are generally preferences that you wouldn't need to change very often.
To reset Math Flyer to its factory defaults, simply navigate to App Resources and tap the "Reset" button. Select "Yes" to let Math Flyer know you really mean it, and all saved data will be erased and you will be returned to the main screen. This will also reset the tips that show once each time you enter a new mode, meaning you can look at all of them again.
Custom presets will be deleted upon reset, and cannot be restored.
Sliders: Math Flyer's signature feature is its 'flyers,' now more commonly known as 'sliders.' With Math Flyer's sliders you may manipulate the coefficients and constants of the function to your heart's content. Constants in the function appear color-coded and match up with the same colors of the resulting sliders. Manipulating a slider will result in manipulating both the graph and the corresponding number in the function. Apple touch devices have very sensitive inputs, so you will have the best results when lifting your finger quickly when sliding to a precise value.
Math Flyer automatically detects constants, both named and literal, in your functions, and provides sliders for them. For instance, if you wish to experiment with the linear function f(x) = x + 8 and wish to manipulate the coefficient of x as well as the constant, you can type the equation as f(x) = 1x + 8 or f(x)=ax+b. If you want to experiment with the sine function f(x) = sin(x) and be able to manipulate such features as the y-intercept, phase, frequency, and amplitude, type 1sin(1x+0)+0 or f(x)=a*sin(bx+c)+d
Math Flyer allows a user to enter and manipulate multiple functions. See the section on Entering Functions for information on how to enter multiple functions. Once multiple functions have been entered and graphed, the functions are color-coded and shown at the top of the screen on a scrolling view. You can only slide one function at a time. To switch to viewing a different function, swipe left or right on the mathematical representation of your function, or tap the triangles on either side.
Like variables of the same name within a function, variables of the same name maintain the same value across functions. If you entered multiple functions that contain the same letter parameter, the corresponding slider on either tab will control both functions by default. If you do not wish to control both functions in this manner, you will have to use different letters for your named constants.
To hide an individual plot from the graph, tap the square corresponding to that plot's color. The square will become empty, and the plot will disappear from the graph until you tap the square again. Plot visibility automatically resets when the set of functions is changed.