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Math Wars is a fun way for teachers to review a concept, taking up very little class time, and giving the students a little competition as well as a chance to productively use their cell phones in class. Best of all, MasterMathMentor's policy during the Pandemic has to make material FREE! and I see no reason to change that.
Math Wars, the SAT/ACT Calculus version, has 23 "quizzes" each with 5 multiple choice problems. These are meant to be answered in at most 3 minutes and many should take less than a minute. (assuming the student understands the concept)
Students enter their answers on a phone app which gives instant feedback. They receive a score (0 - 100) based on correctness and also the speed they answer the questions. So students are engaged in a friendly competition among themselves.
This is how Math Wars is best played: The teacher chooses a topic from the ones listed at the bottom of this page. A PDF containing the 5 problems appears on the classroom screen. This PDF has a QR code and the students use their phone's camera to load the App on their phone. To the right is a sample. The screen shows the topic (Sample), the maximum amount of time allowed,
(5 minutes, 30 seconds) and a tab to start the timer. Once they start, they cannot stop. They enter the answers for each problem. They can change it until they press Submit. At that time, the answer is locked in and they are told whether the answer is correct (green) or incorrect (red).
Once they submit all their answers, the timer stops. A score is generated from 0 to 100. It is based on the point value of the problems (they are worth 1, 3, 5, 7 and 9 points) and the amount of time taken. The score is created with these parameters:
So they are racing to get the 5 problems done but they also need to be careful. Hence Fanucci the Cat giving Yoda's admonition on the title page: "Problems you Solve, Careful You Must." It should set up some healthy competition between students and they can copy their results to the clipboard and email or text you or their friends with their results.
What is nice about this is that teachers pf any course can do some review of an SAT or ACT topic at eth start of class. While you are taking roll and doing other housekeeping at the start of class, the students are instantly engaged. Once complete, you can go over the problems. Solutions can be purchased below.
Of course, you can choose not to use the game option and simply give these out as quizzes. Or you could play it as a class with students having a paper copy of the quiz and the app is on the computer screen. Solutions can be purchased below.
Math Wars SAT/ACT Solutions
Free Downloads SAT/ACT Math Wars
(Double-click on topic to load)
The url and the QR code to the game app is on each of the quizzes above. A generic url and QR code that will allow you to choose the topic number is below.
Math Wars SAT/ACT Solutions