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MESTUDYING

meStudying allows high school students to practice algebraic concepts such as graphing, polynomials, and the division and factoring of polynomials on an iPhone/iPod touch application. The application delivers more than 300 questions in a multiple-choice format to help students review core algebraic concepts learned in class. It offers both review and practice-test modules and self-paced tests, giving immediate insight into areas of mastery and difficulty. Price: $4.99 in Apple iTunes App StoreCategory: math
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  High school students can now practice algebra concepts such as graphing, polynomials, and the division and factoring of polynomials using meStudying, an iPhone/iPod touch application released today.

Plane and Simple Math

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Algebra app

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