Course Hero, an online learning platform for course-specific study resources based in California, has acquired Tel Aviv-headquartered Symbolab, which develops artificial intelligence to help students solve maths problems.

Symbolab stated it has been used by more than 50 million students to work through and understand one billion questions and explanations so far this year.

The company was founded by mathematicians and computer scientists in 2011 and helps students across a range of educational levels and subjects, such as advanced algebra, trigonometry, calculus, chemistry and physics.

It has also just launched an AI-powered geometry solution that helps students and educators solve complex geometry problems featuring detailed explanations and proofs.

Course Hero co-founder and chief executive Andrew Grauer said: “College-level math is among the most challenging subjects for students, but it’s also one of the most important gateways to college success. This is about complementing great teaching by providing students with another way to ask and answer questions, practice, and master critical concepts.

“The Symbolab team is tightly aligned with our culture and values. They share our primary mission to provide access and equity to all students, helping them graduate, confident and prepared.”

Michal Avny, co-founder and chief executive of Symbolab, added: “We are constantly exploring innovative ways to make mathematics accessible for students, reducing anxiety and equipping them with the understanding they need to persist at the next level.

“By joining forces with Course Hero, our technology solutions will give many millions of students the confidence they need for broader educational success.”

Date published: 27 October 2020

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