Math has pretty universally been the subject that school and college students detest the most. Funny how our appreciation for its importance in history - and indeed our everyday lives - is marred when faced with five pages of trigonometry homework.
Still, at least the emergence of flashy mobile apps has made tackling it a little easier. From basic calculator apps for solving quick sums, to games to train our brains in the ways of number literacy, there's a tool out there to help even the most numerically challenged.
To that end, we've selected our eight favorite math apps for Android that'll have your math homework all wrapped up in a jiffy, freeing you up to do the things you really wanna do.
Start thinking math from the moment you open your eyes. Puzzle Alarm Clock is an irritatingly educational alarm clock app, with which you have to solve a math problem in order to disable the alarm when it goes off.
By using Puzzle Alarm Clock every day, your sluggish early-morning brain will quickly get used to numbers, progressively improving your response times to mental math.
Download if you... have trouble waking up and want to make your brain work for its breakfast.
Semper Learn is similar in concept to the previous app, cunningly tricking you into performing math operations without you even realizing it. This clever little tool will plant math problems in all manner of places, from when you're waiting for an app to load to when you go to unlock your phone.
This constant repetition helps us learn and train our brains - and the app also includes other topics too, so you can combine learning math with new vocab and foreign languages.
Download if you... want to learn effortlessly with your mobile.
The revolutionary PhotoMath is a cheater's paradise, impressively easy to use and on the money when it comes to results. The app is totally intuitive: just point your phone's camera at your math problem (which should be typed, not handwritten). The app will not only churn out the answer, but all the work you have to show too! So you can try and convince yourself you're still learning something...
Download if you... have trouble with tricky math problems, and need a bit of "help."
MyScript Calculator is similar in function to PhotoMath, but without the need for a camera or notebook. Instead, with MyScript you simply trace out your math problem on your phone's screen with your finger (addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, powers, logarithms, trigonometry... etc) and get the answer instantly.
A simple app for when you need an answer quickly - but you won't get all the background steps shown here.
Download if you... need the answer now and don't have time to learn how to get it.
If the above options seem like too much effort, Exampl is the perfect choice for you. With this original crowdsourcing math application, you simply post your math problems, and random strangers who happen to be math boffins will give you the answer. For absolutely diddly squat, no less, other than the pleasure of helping you.
Simply write out or snap a photo of your question, pop it in the correct mathematical field, and wait for the answer. Of course, there's no guarantee that it's going to be right - but that's just the risk you take when you ask other people to do your homework for you.
Download if you... want other people to do the work for you (or you're a kind math genius who wants to help others).
Formulae Helper is an essential study app for any advanced math student. This comprehensive guide includes hundreds of trigonometry, calculus, and algebraic formulas to learn, and to look up when you need them.
It has a clean, well-organized design too, so you won't waste time trying to find what you're looking for.
Download if you... you need a complete guide to mathematical formulas.
That's right kids: learning CAN be fun! Number Chef is an original math puzzle game that is set in a weird restaurant where customers order numbers instead of food.
The game might look simple: odd numbers add and even numbers subtract, and you must drag and combine tiles together to fulfill the goals in each level. But you'll soon realize this game is anything but easy. Perfect for keeping you entertained while giving your brain a mathematical workout.
Download if you... want to have fun while you learn.
Have you ever played the fox, goose, and bag of beans puzzle? Divide by Sheep is an amusing math puzzle game which is beautifully reminiscent of that classic fable. In this case, you're dealing with sheep, which you have to move onto a boat to safety. Use the platforms to add and subtract the sheep, swiping to transport them to one island or another, keeping in mind that you'll have to shed a few on the way.
An innovative game that'll really put your logic and math skills to the test.