## Wolfram|Alpha Queries

This is my response to this post by Mr. Morford concerning his view of Wolfram|Alpha.In my Finite Math class this semester, I have been using Wolfram|Alpha a lot. The other day one of my students wanted to use Wolfram|Alpha to reproduce one of the feasible regions, when all she knew were the corner points. I told my student to do it directly. Our first query was 'shape with corner points at (1,3) (4,5) (8,6) and (3,1)'. Wolfram|Alpha didn't take very well to that. After a few trials, I put in the query: 'polygon with vertices at (1,3) (4,5) (8,6) and (3,1)' and poof, Wolfram|Alpha gave me the required feasible region. My student immediately commented that there's almost no way without my guidance that she would have ever thought to use the words polygon and vertices. But she did tell me that she now recognizes the importance of knowing what things are called and the vocabulary that goes...