Here are three ways you can use Google Chrome to find, convert and graph information.
Did you know that you can just use the URL bar in Google Chrome to find information?
Usually when someone wants to conduct a Google search they go to Google.com and then type their search query into the search bar. However, if you use Google Chrome as your browser, you can just enter your search term into the URL bar at the top of the page to achieve the same result.
Converting units and measurements:
I use this feature all the time when I am travelling, but your students can use this feature whenever they need to convert a unit or measurement. We particularly use this Google search feature in Australia when our students are collaborating with students from America. They can easily convert temperature, distance, weight etc which allows them to better communicate with each other.
A recent example of how we used this was when a student was trying to explain how hot it was outside on that day. In Australia it was thirty six degrees but this meant nothing to the student in America.
To solve this problem the student in Australia simply opened Google Chrome and typed “convert 36 degrees” and Google Chrome finished the sentence The student then simply hit enter and a converting calculator then opened up (see below). The students were then able to compare temperatures in their cities.
Graphing complex equations:
This probably one of my favorite Google Search tips. One of the problems maths teachers have when teaching graphing is that it takes so long for students to graph out an equation. By the time they have drawn the graph they don’t want to redo the graph a few different times to see how the graph changes when the variables change.
With Google Chrome you can simply enter in your equation and Google will graph it for you. You can then just change the x or y value and you can immediately see how the graph changes. If you would like to see a more detailed post on this feature CLICK HERE
Note: Just start your search with the word ‘graph’ (see below)I entered Graph x/2, (x/2)^2, ln(x), cos(pi*x/5) into the Google search bar
For a bit of fun paste the following into your Google Chrome Browser: graph (sqrt(cos(x))*cos(200x)+sqrt(abs(x))-0.7)*(4-x*x)^0.01, sqrt(9-x^2), -sqrt(9-x^2) from -4.5 to 4.5
Enjoy the picture!