Tools and Calculators

Application

Cost

Discipline

Ranking

AppBox Pro

$0.99

General

****

Baby Eyes

$0.99

Genetics

**

BioGene

Free

Genetics,
Molecular Biology

***

Biorad

Free

Molecular Biology

 

Chronolite

Free

Timer

****

DNAcoder

Free

Molecular biology

**

Easy PCR

Free

Molecular Biology

**

Gene Index

Free

Genetics,
Molecular Biology

**

Genome

$1.99

Molecular Biology

**

Iapetus

Free

Evolutionary Biology, Earth Science

****

iBabyBT

Free

Genetics

**

iSeismo

Free

Microscopy

****

Molecules

Free

Molecular Biology,
Cell biology

***

New England Biolabs

Free

Molecular Biology

**

OD 260

Free

Molecular Biology

**

Promega

Free

Molecular Biology

**

PubSearch

Free

Literature References

***

Punnett

Free

Genetics

*

Quick Graph

Free

Graphing Calculator

***

Sun Compass

$0.99

Ecology/Field Biology

*

TASA geotimescale

Free

Evolutionary Biology, Earth Science

****

TouchCalc

Free

General Science

****

Comments:

AppBox Pro:  17 different apps for the price including unit conversion, language translation, menstruation calendar, clinometers, ruler

Baby Eyes:  Predicts the probability of the children's eye color based on the phenotype of the parents and grandparents.  Only considers brown, green and blue phenotypes. 

BioGene:  Quick access to information about a gene (if you know its name)

Biorad:  PCR related tools and guides

Chronolite:  Multiple timers on one screen; helpful in a laboratory setting

DNAcoder: Converts DNA sequence to amino acid sequence and vise versa

Easy PCR: Calculator for determining cocktails for PCR reactions

Gene Index: Links to a large range of search engines to provide primary source material for a specific gene

Genome:  Analyzes DNA and RNA sequence, includes a codon table, sequence must be entered by hand

Iapetus:   Shows the planet as the plate tectonics shifted over evolutionary time.  The globe rotates or can be manipulated by touch.

iBabyBT:  Predicts the probability of the children's blood type based on the parents.  Includes the ABO trait and the Rh trait.  The ABO traits require that the parents know both alleles.  The Rh prediction does not distinguish between homozygous dominant and heterozygous.

iSeismo:  App is designed to show earthquake vibration however I placed it on a lab bench and the alarm would go off when students bumped the table that the microscopes were being used on.  Helped show how a vibration becomes a big problem when under a microscope.

Molecules:  This app allows the display and manipulation of 3D molecules.  The app can connect to the RCSB Protein Data Bank.  The iPod touch allows for a very intuitive interface that allows the user to zoom in/out and rotate the molecule. 

New England Biolabs: Restriction enzymes tools

OD 260:  Determines the concentration of nucleic acid samples based on their OD 260 reading

Promega: This app contains a BioMath Calculator that is useful for conversions.  In addition, a Multimedia section has videos on PCR and RNAi.

PubSearch:  Literature search tool, Abstract in a readable format, not a website

Punnett:  Calculates allele combinations for a list of single gene autosomal traits found in humans, unfortunately, some of the traits listed are due to X-linked or multiple genes  Beware: VERY MISLEADING

Quick Graph:  Has nice graphing options that many of the free calculators do not have

Sun Compass:  By Longneck.  This apps uses position of the sun (or moon), time of day, and location to indicate the cardinal directions.  I use this app to have students compare accuracy, precision, and ease of use between a standard magnetic needle compass with this app. Needs Wi-Fi connection to get location.

TASA geotimescale:  An interactive time scale of all of the Eon, Era, Period, and Epoch time scales with some info buttons to see what major evolutionary phenomenon happened then! 

TouchCalc:  Advanced scientific calculator that has similar functions to what expensive machines would cost. 

 

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