When a student uses a Mac in school they’re only one third of the way to a good education. They’ll need the proper apps to spur learning. And they’ll need the discipline to take advantage of all the power a Mac and apps can bring to an education.
Here’s an example. It’s an inexpensive but useful learning app named Molar.
The name puzzled me because I couldn’t find a reference to how the app has anything to do with teeth. Maybe it has something to do with chewing on useful educational material. Regardless, Molar is a great tool for students. Think Periodic Table, Triangle Solver, and Chemical Equation Balancer. All rolled into a single, affordable Mac app.
The Periodic Table is obvious and useful for reference. My favorite is the Chemical Equation Balancer. Use it to calculate the molar mass of a molecule. Therein lies the reference to the app’s name, Molar.
In chemistry, the molar mass M is a physical property. It is defined as the mass of a given substance (chemical element or chemical compound) divided by its amount of substance. The base SI unit for molar mass is kg/mol. However, for historical reasons, molar masses are almost always expressed in g/mol.
As an example, the molar mass of water is approximately: M(H2O) ≈ 18 g⋅mol−1
Chemical equations can be balanced and formatted and copied into nearly any Mac note-taking app.
Triangle Solver is the tool for math, especially linear equations, quadratic equations and trigonometric triangle solver. This is the kind of Mac app which smacks of the need to have corresponding iPhone and iPad versions.
Using the Molar app is simple enough, too. Simply click on the appropriate icon in the lefthand Sidebar to bring up the tool you need. Molar is an app for students developed by a student. Nicely done. Affordable.