The 4 Best Calculus Apps

Derivatives and Vectors and Tangents, Oh My!


I'm not going to pretend to be a Calculus genius. I'm just not. I do, however, know a good app when I see one, and the following Calculus apps are about as good as it gets when it comes to learning derivatives, integrals, limits and more. Most of these will help you get ready for a test in school, get prepared for your AP Calculus exams or help you refresh your Calc knowledge for college and beyond.

Check out the following Calculus apps to see for yourself!

AP Exam Prep

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Maker:  gWhiz, LLC

Price:  The download is free, but you'll need to purchase the AP Calculus pack for $8.99

Description: Although you can study for 14 different AP tests with this app alone, you can opt to purchase only the AP Calculus pack if you'd like. The test questions and explanations come from McGraw-Hill's AP 5 Steps to a 5 series and closely mirror the topic, format, and degree of difficulty you'll find on the actual AP Calculus test. On this app, you'll get 25 questions for free and another 450 – 500 once you download the Calculus pack. Detailed analytics will allow you to review your weekly progress and learn your strengths and weakness, too.

Why buy? This isn't just some app developed by any old Joe Schmo with some techie background. The content comes directly from a big name in test prep and since they stake their reputation on their work, you know it has to be accurate. 

Mathematics with PocketCAS pro

Calculator for the Redesigned SAT
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Maker:  Thomas Osthege

Price:  $9.99

Description: Need to calculate limits, derivatives, integrals, and taylor expansions? This app is an indispensable tool for your Calculus needs, then. Plot 2D and 3D figures, solve almost any equation, define custom functions, use conditional expressions and enter physical formulas with corresponding units and convert results to the units you prefer. You can also print or export your plots as PDF files (perfect for homework). Need I say more?

Why buy? An app that promises you can replace your TI-89 with it better be good. And it is. It's better! Every function is explained in the built-in reference guide in case you're stuck. Plus, you don' have to be online to use it, so your teachers shouldn't have an issue with you using it in class.   

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Khan Academy Calculus 1 - 7

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Maker:  Ximarc Studios, Inc.

Price:  Free

Description: Learn Calculus via video with the non-profit organization, Khan Academy. Yes, the videos are completely, 100% free. Free! With this series of apps, you can access twenty different Calculus videos per app (20 for Calc 1, 20 for Calc 2, etc.) which are downloaded directly to your iPhone or iPod touch so you don't need internet access to watch and learn. Topics covered on the app include limits, squeeze theorem, derivatives and more.

Why buy? Well, first you're not really buying anything, so at the most, you're using up some memory. Why download? It's kind of a no-brainer. If you're confused about a Calc topic, but you missed that portion of the lecture and no one is around to help you with it, what else can you do outside of hashing through it yourself? Check out a video on this app, of course. Perfect!   

Magoosh Calculus

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Maker:  Magoosh

Price:  Free

Description: Review precalculus, and learn derivatives and integrals with video lessons created by Mike McGarry, a math tutor with over twenty years' experience teaching math and science. There are 135 lessons (which is over 6 hours of video and audio), which is just a sampling of Magoosh's lessons available. If you want them all, you can sign up for a Magoosh premium account to access the rest of the Calc lessons online.  

Why buy? The first 135 lessons are free (that's a ton as far as apps go, by the way) and the rest are available online for a small fee. The lessons are interesting and comprehensive, so you won't be snoring your way through Calculus with this download.