I also tried it on a weird fraction from an AP algebra exam, which it kind of failed at, but then I swiped over and it was showing me this graph, which included the correct answer: I love this app, not just because it would've helped 8th grade Paul out of a jam, but because it's such a computery use of computers.
You use the tiny computer in your pocket to be basically smarter than you already are.
Some of these lessons and videos show how to use the block diagrams (Singapore Math) method to solve word problems.
The blocks can assist the students in visualizing and solving the word problems without using algebra.
You can find area and volume of rectangles, circles, triangles, trapezoids, boxes, cylinders, cones, pyramids, spheres.
You can simplify and evaluate expressions, factor/multiply polynomials, combine expressions.
You can use the free Mathway calculator and problem solver below to practice Algebra or other math topics.
Try the given examples, or type in your own problem and check your answer with the step-by-step explanations.
The app is actually designed to answer any kind of school question — science, history, etc. For other kinds of questions, Socratic kind of does a bit of Googling, and in my experience can typically find similar word problems on the wide internet, or from its own database of answers.
On about half the middle school science problems I tried, the app was able to identify the topic at question and show me additional resources about the concepts involved, but for others it was no more powerful than a simple web search.