Smartphones are becoming powerful day by day. Other than using all the processing power to play games or run some general category apps, you can use the power to satisfy your curiosity or become a citizen scientist solving complex problems. If you are a student, researcher, or hobbyist in the scientific field, here are some of the best science apps you can try.
Best Science Apps
1. Science Journal
Science Journal is a digital notebook geared towards researchers, students, and hobbyists. Being a science journal, the app provides an easy way to quickly add your observations with notes and photos in one place with just a few taps. Add to that, since the app is developed by the guys at Google, you can sync your notes and journals between devices using Google Drive.
Now, when compared to other journals, what makes Science Journal special is that it has built-in tools that make use of different phone or device sensors. Using these sensors, you can measure a wide variety of things like light, sound, air pressure, acceleration, motion, angles, etc. Additionally, you can also connect external sensors via Bluetooth.
Other features of the app include the ability to automate certain tasks like the recording of data, the ability to export sensor data, use the built-in camera app to scan and take photos, etc.
All in all, if you are looking for an app to keep track of your findings, observations, and research then Science Journal is a pretty good app to try.
The science app list won’t be complete without adding WolframAlpha. Using WolframAlpha, you can compute and analyze a wide variety of things like mathematics, physics, chemistry, data analysis, statistics, materials, life sciences, etc. No matter your field, WolframAlpha probably covers that domain and can help you with whatever computational needs you have.
As you can guess, WolframAlpha makes your life easier when you need precise and quick answers to complex questions. Simply put, if you are someone who deals with a lot of computational questions then WolframAlpha is a must have app.
Price: WolframAlpha is a premium app and costs a one time purchase of $2.99.
3. Star Chart
Start Char is one of my favorite apps when it comes to science and technology. With Start Chart on your device, you can get clear and a whole new look at the stars and the whole visible universe. Personally, I have a hobby of looking at distant planets. However, I terrible with directions and remembering places. So, I use the Start Chart app to quickly find the position of the planet or star and then use the hobby telescope to take a quick look. Star Chart does all this by using the GPS technology and built-in accurate 3D universe.
Of course, I’m no professional. However, if you are like me or a professional, Star Chart is greatly helpful in finding known planets and stars among other things.
Price: Star Chart is free and has no ads. Some features are locked behind in-app purchases.
Of course, NASA is one of those apps that should be included in any science apps list. Being an official app, it gives you instant access to latest space news, over 10,000 real and awesome photos, satellite tracking 2D and 3D earth models, mission information, NASA TV, live high definition earth viewing from International Space Station, etc.
If you are into space and astronomy then NASA is a must have app.
Price: The app is completely free. There are no ads or in-app purchases.
5. Calculator N+
When dealing with science stuff, it is pretty natural to encounter complex calculations. Of course, for complex calculations, the regular calculator on your device is no good. That is where Calculator N+ comes into play. Using Calculator N+, you can perform manual calculations of complex equations and problems. If needed, the app can draw graphs for you. No matter the math needs, Calculator N+ can do most if not all calculations.
Do keep in mind that unlike WolframAlpha which can deal with a whole lot of different domains, Calculator N+ only support Mathematics. Additionally, it will not show the steps to solve an equation, only show the final result.
If you are looking for an easy to use scientific calculator that is filled with features then Calculator N+ is for you.
Price: The app is free.
Download for Android
6. Chemistry & Physics simulations
If you are a chemistry or physics student or research then this app is a must-have. The app is mainly designed with educators and students in mind. As such, the app is super simple to use and follows an interactive game-like environment to show chemistry and physics simulations. Of course, being a simulator, you can mess with a lot of things as and when needed and see the results almost instantaneously.
Price: The app is free and has no ads.
Download for Android
7. Pocket Code
Now, coding is not necessarily a scientific app. However, when it comes to science, coding is very important. Learning to code allows you to think logically and even improves problem-solving skills. If you’ve never learned a programming language then Pocket Code can help you get started. Pocket Code uses the Lego style programming language where you place blocks in a specific manner to create your own applications and games.
So, if you are new to programming, do give Pocket Code a try and see how it works for you.
When it comes to science, deal with a lot of complex math problems is pretty common. More often than not, these problems are always on a piece of paper. In those situations, you can use the Photomath application. How you use this app is very simple. All you have to do is take a photo of the problem using the app. It doesn’t matter if it is handwriting or print. The app instantly solves the math equation and spits out the results. The good thing is, the app can also show the steps to solve the equation.
If you are a physics or math student or researcher, Photomath can be very helpful in a pinch.
Price: Photomath is free and has in-app purchases.
9. Click Counter
When observing something or doing some research, keeping tracking of things is very important. Sure, there are many stopwatch apps out there. However, the click counter is unique. That is, it increases or decreases the tally by one when you press the volume buttons. There is a wide range of use cases for this kind of apps. For instance, you can track how many drops you’ve placed, mark how many ticks have passed, etc.
Additionally, the app also has other features like sound effects, animations, and speech assistant.
Price: The app is free and has ads.
When it comes to scientific stuff, there are a ton of papers to deal with. The good thing is, you can easily digitize them so that you not only store them more efficiently but also make it easy to read. CamScanner is a very simple yet hugely popular app that lets you scan documents and create PDFs. Once a PDF is created, you can export it as is or in any other supported format like JPG and PNG.
Price: CamScanner is free and has ads.
Duolingo is a popular app to learn another language if you are a beginner. The app will help you learn French, Spanish, German, along with 20 other different languages. The cool thing about Duolingo is you don’t need to know English to use the app, it works with your native language as well.
While no app can help you learn a foreign language completely, Duolingo does help you to get proficient. Check it out, it’s free.
That is it for now. I also spend a lot of time on subreddit such as AskHistorians, dataisbeautiful, tech, TIL, WorldNews, etc. If you have subscribed to right subreddit, it can boost your information to a great extent.
If you think I missed any of your favorite apps then comment below and share them with me.