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Google Expands OneBox Answers, Now Able To Solve Math Questions

Google Expands OneBox Answers, Now Able To Solve Math Questions

Google expanded their OneBox answers this month with the added ability to solve math problems. The announcement was made earlier this month, but it kind of flew under the radar until Matt Cutts drew attention to it on Twitter.

The announcement reads:

Your kid is only in seventh grade and already you’re having trouble helping her prepare for her geometry test? No problem—just ask the #GoogleSearch app to “calculate the volume of a cone” and salvage your reputation as world’s smartest parent. You can ask a host of geometry-related questions, from “What is the surface of a pyramid?” to “How do you calculate the area of a circle with a diameter of 12 inches?”—helping you keep up as the shapes get more complex!

After putting the new feature to the test, this is what you’ll see if you follow one of their examples:

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The formula and resulting answer dynamically adjust according to the values you enter.

This is the second notable addition to OneBox answers this month as Google continues to make them more useful by giving searchers what they’re looking for immediately. Earlier this month Google added OneBox restaurant menus to the search results.

Don’t you wish this feature was around while you were in high school? I sure do, and I can’t wait to see what Google does next with their OneBox answers.


Featured Image Credit: Google Official Google+ Page

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Matt G. Southern

Senior News Writer at Search Engine Journal

Matt G. Southern, Senior News Writer, has been with Search Engine Journal since 2013. With a bachelor’s degree in communications, ...

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