# Create a Step-by-step equation solver API?

Posted 1 year ago
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 Ok, the idea seems very weird...I know. I'm a very big noob at Mathematica, I downloaded it 2 weeks ago, but I think that's the most awesome software on earth. Anyway, I know that it's possible to get Step-by-step solution using Wolfram Alpha like this: WolframAlpha["x^2=x+1"] And I also know that it's possible to deploy an API using the Cloud Deploy function, but I would like to create an API that when you input: ?q=x^2==x+1 returns a JSON array like this: { "1": { "text": "Solve for x over the real numbers:", "expression": "x^2==x+1" }, "2": { "text": "Subtract x+1 from both sides:", "expression": "x^2-x-1==0" }, "3": { "text": "Add 1 to both sides:", "expression": "x^2-x==1" }, "4": { "text": "Add 1/4 to both sides:", "expression": "x^2-x+1/4==5/4" }, "5": { "text": "Write the left hand side as a square:", "expression": "(x-1/2)^2==5/4" }, "6": { "text": "Take the square root of both sides:", "expression": "x-1/2==Sqrt[5]/2 or x-1/2==-(Sqrt[5]/2)" }, "7": { "text": "Add 1/2 to both sides:", "expression": "x==1/2+Sqrt[5]/2 or x-1/2==-(Sqrt[5]/2)" }, "8": { "text": "Add 1/2 to both sides:", "expression": "x==1/2+Sqrt[5]/2 or x==1/2-Sqrt[5]/2" } } Or something like this. I know that's it's ambitious, and I don't expect something with tons of options, as I said, I want something simple (if it's possible to do of course :) ). Thank you for taking your time reading my question, and I hope it's possible to do. You can see this as a challenge ;)
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Posted 1 year ago
 Why not using Wolfram|Alpha API directly? https://products.wolframalpha.com/api
Posted 1 year ago
 Then, how should I proceed?
 Arthur,This will give you the step-by-step from Alpha as a graphic: jnk = WolframAlpha["x^2==x+1",IncludePods->{"Solution"},PodStates->{"Solution__Step-by-step solution"}] or you can get the XML and parse it: jnk = WolframAlpha["x^2==x+1","XML",IncludePods->{"Solution"},PodStates->{"Solution__Step-by-step solution"}] I figured this out by doing this: WolframAlpha["x^2==x+1","PodStates"] Which gave me:{Solution->{Solution..Approximate forms,Solution..Step-by-step solution}}(note the two dots (..) are actually two underscores that don't appear properly on the forum)So I had to Include the Solution pod and ask for the step-by-step PodStateI hope this helps
 or you can get the Plaintext version: jnk = WolframAlpha["x^2==x+1","PodPlaintext",IncludePods->{"Solution"},PodStates->{"Solution__Step-by-step solution"}] and construct your own JSON from that