5.0 / June 6, 2012
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Description

Here is the answer to those tiresome multiplication tableexerciseswith your child. This Android app will flash a sequenceofmultiplication table questions, and you child will entertheanswers to each using a virtual numeric keypad with nicelargekeys. The virtual keypad even has a “delete” key so thathittingthe wrong button can be corrected before getting chargedwith awrong answer. Each question will be selected randomly bytheprogram. You (or your child) can select the total numberofquestions for the sequence before the start. Since a givensequencewill have no repeated questions, there can be up to 28differentquestions in the sequence. Another unique featurethatdistinguishes this app from the countless other flash-cardtypeapps: after each incorrect answer the subject is forced to viewthemultiplication table so that he/she is forced to becomefamiliarwith the table and its relationships. The number of correctandincorrect answers is tallied and displayed at the end ofthesession so that you can verify your child’s progress.Inconstructing the multiplication table questions the numbers 10and2 are omitted because they make the multiplication questiontooeasy, and the child would be annoyed at having to wastetimeanswering trivial questions.

App Information multtables

  • App Name
    multtables
  • Package Name
    multtables.test
  • Updated
    June 6, 2012
  • File Size
    16k
  • Requires Android
    Android 1.6 and up
  • Version
    5.0
  • Developer
    Peter Gottlieb
  • Installs
    1,000+
  • Price
    Free
  • Category
    Education
  • Developer
    600 Sharon Park Drive Apt B205 Menlo Park, CA 94025
  • Google Play Link
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Most 2nd and 3rd graders struggle with subtraction problems thatrequire borrowing. Having to strike-through numbers and then stacknew numbers above them is a confusing process that leads tofrustration and under achievement. Here is the answer: let thestudent step through a prompted sequence and be checked as he/shegoes. Let the student concentrate on the essential arithmeticwithout having to worry about doing neat strike-through's andlining up columns of new numbers. Your child/student willappreciate the neat tableau that is generated as he/she follows theprompts and answers the questions. The prompts consist of either ayes/no question regarding whether a particular column needs toborrow or question marks where the new numbers should be in thenormal borrowing tableau (“?” if a single digit answer is expected,and “??” if a 2 digit answer is expected). The question marks areautomatically replaced by numbers entered from the virtual numerickeypad occupying the lower part of the screen. If the studentaccidentally presses the wrong numeric key, it can be erased by the“del” key and re-entered. All numeric entries are committed bytapping the “done” virtual key. If the student commits an incorrectanswer, the error count is incremented, and he/she is instructed totry again. The student cannot proceed to the next step until thecorrect answer (numeric value or yes/no). When the problem iscomplete both the student and the teacher/parent can see if anyerrors were made (and corrected) along the way before arriving atthe final answer. Doing a sequence of exercises without errors willdemonstrate that the skill has been mastered. Most arithmeticprograms follow the “electronic flashcard” paradigm: just presentthe problems for the student to work and score the response whenthe student is finished. This leaves the student to strugglethrough the solution with pencil and paper. If the student finallyenters an incorrect answer, and the computer tells him so, thestudent has no idea what went wrong. In contrast sub3 providesprompts that present the student with a sequence of challenges andimmediate feedback after each step. A tedious exercise is turnedinto a fascinating game. Another advantage of sub3 is that thenumbers for each problem are generated randomly so the student willnever see the same problem twice. The extensive instructionsincluded with this app provide comprehensive descriptions of allthe steps involved in subtraction with borrowing, which will be agreat help for the parent who needs to supplement what the studenthas learned in the classroom. This initial, free, version of theprogram uses only 3 digit numbers (hence the name sub3), whichshould provide sufficient problem variety to ensure the developmentof excellent student skills. If several thousand people install thefree app, I will provide an extended version to allow the user tochoose a larger number of digits, and charge a few dollars.
factorit 2.0 APK
Here is the best tool for improving a student's skill at factoring.The app presents a target number to be factored, and the studentresponds by entering a prime factor (2, 3, 5, 7, 11) of thatnumber. For example, if the initial target number is 210 (2*3*5*7),and the user enters 5, the app will do the division and respondwith the partial factoring 42*5, and the user is prompted to entera factor of the new target, 42. The process repeats until theoriginal number (210 in this case) is completely factored. If, atany step, the user enters a number that is not a prime factor ofthe target number, an error is charged and the user is prompted tore-enter a correct factor. When the factoring is complete the appdisplays the number of errors. This automatic, real-time, scoringsaves the teacher, or tutor, the trouble of correcting theexercises, and provides the student with immediate feedback. A veryefficient process for all concerned.The app can be set up to run aspecified number of problems, and will keep a tally of the numberof errors. This automatic scoring saves the teacher, or tutor, alot of trouble. The other adjustable parameters are the number offactors in the original problem (2 through 5) and the maximum primefactor (5, 7, 11, or 13). The instructions give all the essentialtips to help the student find a factor correctly the first time(avoiding being charged with an error) without the bother of ashort division exercise to test it. Since the app does all thedivision, the student can concentrate on getting the factors. Thiswill sharpen his/her skills, even in the midst of all thedistractions that modern youth is subject to.
quickview 5.0 APK
Can you read a number that's flashed on the screen for only a fewmilliseconds? This game will start with a few hundred millisecondsand reduce the duration until you can no longer enter the numbercorrectly. You can select the number of digits; 3 is very easy; 5is very hard. Practice and notice the improvement. Find the time ofday when our visual acuity and ability to concentrate is highest.Test your skill against friends and family; it will be rewardingactivity for ages 8 and up. This initial version is free, but notvery slick; if it generates sufficient interest, I will add manyfeatures (such as keeping statistics on scores and for differentplayers) and charge a few dollars.
Solvequad 2.0 APK
Here is a drill program that will improve the essential skills forany intermediate algebra student. This is an exercise in thefactoring of quadratic expressions. Such an expression can bewritten as the product of 2 factors, each factor consisting of 2terms: an x to the first power term and a constant term. In theSolvequad app these 4 coefficients are randomly chosen integersfrom 1 to 6. The top/first line of the Solvequad screen presentsthe quadratic expression. The second line shows the skeletons ofthe 2 factors that produce this expression, with 4 blank graybuttons for the 4 unknown coefficients. The user enters the numbersfor these coefficients using the virtual keypad. This keypad hasonly the needed digits, 1 – 6, a minus sign, a delete key and adone key. The small number of keys means that the individual keyscan be nice and large, minimizing entry errors. Accidental errorsthat do occur can be quickly corrected with the delete key. Theselection of the coefficients to enter is made either by tappingthe appropriate gray button, or by tabbing through the 4buttons.The third line on the screen shows the quadratic expressioncalculated as the coefficients are entered. This automaticcalculation saves the user the trouble, so that he/she canconcentrate on deciding which values to enter for the coefficients.After all 4 coefficients have been entered the student can comparethe calculated quadratic expression in the third line with theproblem quadratic expression in the first line. Any discrepanciescan be corrected by re-entering the any of the coefficients of thefactors. (second line of the screen). The done key is tapped whenthe user is satisfied that the first and third line quadraticexpressions are the same. If the expressions are not the same theuser is charged with an error and is told to re-enter the factorcoefficients until the correct quadratic expression is calculated.This policy makes if easy for the student to avoid errors. The realstrategy is to finish quickly by doing the correct coefficientcalculation mentally so that there is no need to re-enter. Thecurrent version of the program does not track the completion time,but that capability can be added if there is sufficient interest.Factoring a quadratic expression leads directly to solving for the2 roots of the equation made by setting the quadratic expressionequal to zero (values of x that make the quadratic expression equalto zero), hence the app name: Solvequad. The quadratic expressionwill equal zero when either of the 2 factors equals zero, so theroots of the quadratic expression are the 2 values of x that willmake either of the 2 factors equal to zero. To the student ofintermediate algebra this last step (solving a simple linearequation in one unknown) is trivial; it is left out of this app tolimit the app to one process/algorithm and to avoid boring the userwith trivia.
myformulas 5 APK
Peter Gottlieb
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linear1 3 APK
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div1 1.0 APK
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