This looks cool.
Thanks, @jayzdd. Spread the word around; let's see if there's sufficient interest. I may re-post during the week if I don't get much response today --- I suspect early Sunday is a slower time around here.
The Algebra Pinball instructions would of course be modified slightly to make them appropriate for the online environment. I *don't want* any sheets sent thru the mail! But, some things would stay the same: at least 20 problems; # correct at least 90% of # attempted. It's just the way to report to me that would be changed. I'm thinking I could (if a record-holder wants) include a link back to their profile at OpenStudy; this would be good advertisement for OpenStudy, too.
I am reading this page http://www.onemathematicalcat.org/algebra_book/online_problems/exp_vs_sen.htm lot of useful information
so i am curious, there isn't an actual pinball machine game on the website?
i was looking for one
No, sorry. The name actually came from this: I used to watch the people trying to get faster scores. Their fingers would be FLYING!!!!! It reminded me of someone playing pinball, so I decided to call this set of timed exercises "Algebra Pinball". The name stuck.
Interesting... you can post the link in the chats to increase more awareness for your post.
Where are chats? (I'm new here.)
Welcome :) on the bottom of the screen in orange it should say 'Mathematics'
At the bottom of every lesson, there's a timed exercise. You fill in your name and click "start timing". Click end timing when you're done --- you get a summary sheet. It's this sheet that would be emailed to me if you break a record; then I'd upload your info to my server. There's a short video from my homepage that shows how things work; plus, I have an entire talk on Algebra Pinball that's also on my homepage.
OK, found it. But it looks like everything being posted there is just a few words... is it appropriate to paste in something longer?
At the bottom of the page. Every subject has its own chat. :)
if people get annoyed they will probably tell you :)
you can shorten a long url , if that is what you want to paste
I think this is a great idea! Question: would someone be able to play the game multiple times in order to raise their score or you just play once for each category?
I don't even want to chance annoying anyone! (I hate conflict.) I think I'll just see how much response I get from this part of OpenStudy.
Never mind. I just saw where it said two times per day! It sounds great!
@Meehan98 Typically, people "play" and play and play and play on their own to get better and better; they'd only "send it in to me" if they break the current record. The records on their right now are just WAYYYY TOO FAST to be broken, since they've been tweaked faster and faster for years. That's why I'm thinking of starting up a new one. I've just been *impressed* by this community over the past few days. I'm excited to have found this! I remember I briefly checked it out years ago, but then lost touch with it.
ooops ... bad grammar, sorry... the records "on there" right now ...
Yes, that sounds awesome! It would get kids more engaged too since it's a competition of breaking the record.
I've got to go now, but I'll check back later to see if more people seem to be interested. I think anything that gets people doing algebra is great (but, again, I'm terribly biased)... Have a great Sunday, everyone!
This is interesting, bookmarked it for later. A quick peak at that site reminds me of http://www.saab.org/ A slight issue with the site is that everything is left aligned, which looks quite horrible on high resolution monitors, and the CSS styling could use some changes in my honest opinion. Thank you for sharing, I am sure it will come in handy.
Ah! Didn't @eliassaab make that website?
@ Operand Thanks for your feedback --- I decided on a fixed-width design, because I'm *really picky* about spacing and line breaks; lines are actually "broken" in places that should make them easier to parse correctly. Yep, on a high-resolution monitor, the entire page is (initially) crunched entirely to the left, but a 1-second zoom gets it the way it is intended to look (you might try that). A website re-design is in the future (we've actually got a new domain name and logo) so I would be incredibly appreciative if you could be more specific about CSS changes that you think would make the site better. (I know that I have no graphic design sense, and it shows!) Hope you had a good weekend!
@OneMathCat no problem, thank you for the nice site. I found your algebra 2, and pre-calculus useful to review some stuff for an upcoming exam. Anyway, about the site style if I were to talk about CSS changes only, I would change your CSS to make full use of screen area, and not make everything left aligned. Also currently your CSS is very tightly compacted (at least on a high resolution screen), and it feels like I am looking at a site design back then when the internet was first developing. Zooming in does not really remove that sort of feeling. (Probably just my mentality, though on a lower resolution screen, the site looks quite nice.) I suggest if you were to redesign the site, to use a responsive design. Checkout the Twitter Bootstrap framework for what an example by what I mean.
@Operand Thanks so much for your feedback. Such conflicting desires on my part: responsive design---good; giving up total control over my layout---scary. (I'm a bit of a control freak when it comes to layout.) Glad you found some of the stuff helpful. If you ever have any questions on any of my pages, feel free to email me (email on my homepage). And ... I started this back in 1999; I've added tons of new content over the years, but haven't done much with the design, hence (as you've noted) the desperate need for a re-design. Thanks again for your helpful comments.