When the first generation iPad was released, people saw it less as a mobile computer and more as an overgrown iPod Touch. Indeed, thought the iTunes store had an incredible number of apps for the iPad, they were never really able to exploit the full potential of the tablet. However, as more and more developers started making apps specifically for the iPad, people became increasingly aware of its true potential. Students are always looking to snap up the latest iPad and the launch of the iPad4 was met with similar enthusiasm and great expectations. Engineering students in particular have a lot to benefit from using the iPad4. Here are 4 essential iPad apps that every engineering student should have.
Free Graphing Calculator
A graphing calculator is often one of the most expensive, yet absolutely essential, devices that engineering students have to invest in. After you have paid a small fortune for an iPad4, wouldn’t it be nice if the device had an integrated graphing calculator? While Apple does not provide a graphing calculator app, it is possible to download one from the iTunes store. The Free Graphing Calculator app allows you to calculate complex equations on your iPad4 and even lets you colour-code the different equations. The best thing about the app, as its name suggests, is that it is free.
Engineering lectures are often a fast paced affair as professors try to get through a massive syllabus before the end of the semester. No matter how quickly you take notes, there is always a chance that you could end up missing out on noting down something important. It is in situations like these that Genius Scan comes to the rescue. Simple take a picture of the lecture notes on the board and the app save it as a PDF file for later access. Unlike other apps, you do not have to stand directly in front of the board; take a picture from any angle and Genius Scan will adjust the perspective.
For many students, typing up notes is just fine. However, engineering students cannot be afforded the same luxury. There is no way for you to type up the complex diagrams that are a crucial part of the class notes. Penultimate allows students to use a stylus to take down handwritten notes and make illustrations, as required. The app also allows you to sort your notes into different notebooks so that you can eliminate the headache of scrolling through numerous notes to find the one you need.
It is quite remarkable how much valuable time can be wasted while making conversions. It is especially frustrating for engineering students who are trying to study for exams and find that they are spending more time doing conversions, than actually solving the problems. The Convert app allows you to choose and convert a number of measurements within a few taps.
The iPad4 is guaranteed to be just as popular with engineering students as its predecessors. These 4 apps will ensure that engineering students get the most out of their new investment.
Betty White is a tech blogger and writes about the most recent technological advents. She initially worked with a surveyors company but is a freelancer now.