Genius Apps That’ll Help You With Their Homework

09/11/2013 at 09:00 AM ET

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Quick, name the fifth President. Or, figure out the square root of 196. Scratching your head? Don’t worry, you are smarter than a fifth grader—you’re probably just rusty on the homework basics.

Luckily, there truly is an app for everything, from refreshing your algebra skills to walking you through an animated model of the human body. So next time your kids ask you a “I-used-to-know-this!” question, turn to one of these new homework helper apps:

HISTORY: Spend a few minutes browsing quickie write-ups, timeline snapshots and memory and match games with McGraw-Hill’s American History Time Line, and everything you ever learned about U.S. history will come flooding back. That 5th Prez? James Monroe. ($0.99, available on the iPad)

MATH: Has anyone ever used the word cosine since high-school geometry class? (Bueller? Bueller?) Snag 101Math, based on the 2010 learning handbook 101 Things Everyone Should Know About Math, to relearn the essentials of basic math, algebra, geometry and statistics. For you competitive moms and dads, you can even challenge your kids to math problems—family fight for the highest score. (free, available on the iPhone)

LITERATURE: You remember reading The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn…sort of. Take another gander with Free Books, which gives you the freedom to scroll through 23,469 pieces, from classics to collected works to letters from leaders, all public domain content. Take advantage of handy tools like notes, bookmarks and on-screen highlighters. (free, available on the iPad and iPhone)

GRAMMAR: Conjunction Junction, what’s your function? No really, what is it? Brush up on conjunctions, prepositions, adverbs and more with Grammar Express: Parts of Speech. The app defines common grammar terms, complete with plenty of examples you can use to show your kids what’s up. Which is a preposition, BTW. ($2.99, available on Android)

ANATOMY: Download The Human Body—currently iTunes’ top paid app—to take an interactive tour of the human body. You’ll see every heartbeat and every breath of air that goes through the lungs, but the colorful animation is perfect even for the most squeamish moms and dads. ($2.99, available on the iPad and iPhone)

—Karen Quan


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On a clear day, you can see forever—or at least that’s the wicked thought behind L.A. designer Agi Berliner’s transparent idea: see-through jeans. Exhibitionists notwithstanding, most folks wear them over bathing suits or as attention-getting evening wear with halters, garter belts and body stockings. Created for the disco crowd, the $34 jeans are selling like, well, hot pants. In just six weeks, 25,000 pairs have already been sold in such major department store chains as Macy’s, Bonwit’s and Saks.

“What’s limiting American designers is that we’re afraid to do something different,” says Berliner, 32, a Hungarian émigré who fled with her family to the U.S. in 1956. Agi thought up the gimmick in London while marveling at the way plastics were being employed by designers of punk fashion. In her L.A. office, where she designs for La Parisienne junior sportswear, Agi spent five days on the phone and six weeks testing to come up with the right plastic.

Agi herself tried out the French-cut jeans with the zipper in front, and quickly found several problems: Some plastics tore away from stitching, others wouldn’t bend and all fogged with perspiration. The ideal material proved to be a vinyl supplied by a bookbinder. The steam was eliminated with a series of vents behind the knees and in the crotch. “They’re no hotter than polyester pants,” claims Agi, “and if you wear them with tights, they won’t stick to your legs.”

Whatever the discomfort and despite the problem of Saturday night feverishness, discomaniacs report one major advantage of the plastic pants: no laundry bills. To keep Berliner’s see-through jeans clear, all the wearer needs is a little Windex.

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