Wolfram|Alpha, how?

I’m itching to try out Wolfram|Alpha, and one thing I’m curious about is the nature, or depth of the solutions it will offer.

If I were to ask: what would be the velocity of a point mass falling for 10 seconds under gravity, will I get the answer:

Solution: velocity = 98m/s

or might the answer look more like:

Solution: velocity = 98m/s
Domain of knowledge: Newtonian Physics
v = a t, substitute a = g = 9.8m/s2, and t = 10s.

Will the natural language processor be able to convert the mechanical solution back to a comprehensible set of instructions?

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One Comment

  1. Doug Huffman
    Posted March 13, 2009 at 12:54 pm | Permalink

    I expect that the first challenge of W’|Alpha will be ‘well formed questions’.

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