About Basic Arithmetic Bits (BABs)

Basic Arithmetic Bits (BABs) contain basic arithmetic exercises generated from "current events." Most BABs are created using current news from the Internet, magazines, books and newspapers (especially the East Valley Tribune and Arizona Republic). BABs span a wide range of subject matter.

The first BAB was created on 9 February 2005 as part of my FEP (Faculty Evaluation Plan) and I have been BABbling ever since. [definition: "a babbler is an obnoxious and foolish and loquacious talker."]

BABs are used as instructional material to "augment" lectures; however, they are also used as assignments, test questions, extra efforts and credits, etc.

BABs are grouped by year with each year divided into five sessions: January winter break, spring semester, summer break, fall semester, and December winter break. Each BAB can be assigned to zero or more "collections" that group BABs by "subject matter." Example collections: number BABs, date BABs, Google BABs, food BABs, etc. The largest collection to date is BARS (Basic Arithmetic Road Signs). On 4 December 2006, there were 676 BABs and 186 of them were BARS.

Posted BABs can be modified and numerous BABs have been updated multiple times. To date, zero BABs have been deleted. A BAB that gets updated multiple times often becomes a BAB collection.

BABs are published using a Creative Commons license to promote reuse and collaboration; however, I don't have a computing environment setup to support collaborative efforts. Setting up such an environment is not hard, but all the stuff that comes with making the environment 100% "available" is hard. "Availability" must ensure the system is usable, efficient, reliable and secure.

There is always concern about copyright and trademark violations. Each BAB contains a hyperlinked email address so that I can be notified when such infractions occur. On some BABs, the Creative Commons license has been removed because I am uncertain about content ownership.

A longer term goal is to have students become BABblers (i.e. creators of BABs). In other words, students find math in a news story or everyday experience, write about it, and come up with one or more math exercises with solutions.

Some BABs use digital pictures taken by RoadHacker and TempeHiker.

RoadHacker is a character I'm developing and he provides the pictures that are used in BARS (Basic Arithmetic Road Signs) and the NanoFoos that are included at the end of some BABs. RoadHacker is a content provider to RoadTripAmerica.com. RoadHacker morphs into TempeHiker, another character under development, when in Maricopa County and the Valley of the Sun. TempeHiker takes pictures of road signs, parking signs, street signs, etc. A third character, FoodHacker, willl be playing larger role in future BABs. FoodHacker provides content for food and drink BABs. {RoadHacker} {TempeHiker} {FoodHacker}

Many BABs contain people and in these cases pretend names are used. The names most frequently used are Herb Mumford, Zelmo and Zelda Zeroman. I'm considering adding Edith and Truman Goofoogoo to the list of BAB characters. On 1 December 2006, Betty Ann Babchar was used in a BAB. Betty Ann Babchar's initials: BAB. The first three characters of Betty's last name -- BAB. The "char" is used in some programming languages to define "character type" data. Betty Ann Babchar is a BAB character just like Zelmo Zeroman.

There is a queue of created, but unposted BABs. These are labeled maybeBABs because they may become BABs at some point and time. MaybeBABs are not accessible via the web. Come February of 2007, some maybeBABs will a year old. Most BABs lose their effectiveness if posted too many days after the day they were created. BABling is a form of just-in-time instruction and instructional material; therefore, timelyness plays a role in the success or failure of a BAB.

I am updating "biased" BABs with the phrase "This BAB is Bullfoo" and a Bullfoo BAB collection will be created when time permits.

About RoadSignMath.com Participation

To be completed.

Future BAB Work

To be completed.

   + ensure all BABs are W3C XHTML 1.0 and CSS compliant
   + assign each BAB an internal id (i.e. number them)
   + categorize exercise problem types
   + keep track of usage
   + provide hyperlinks to GDT's instructional materials
   + re-visit filenaming conventions
   + adjust titles and headings
   + finish implementing the BABgiver
   + re-visit road signs to see if they evaluate to 98 [maybe]
   + add exercises to BARS [maybe]
   + create BABblog (announce new BAB sposting to a blog)
   + create BABML (BAB Markup-Language)
   + BAB mailing-list and syndication
BABABABs

A BABABABs is a BAB about BABs. This "about" webpage is effectively a BABABAB. There is generally one BABABAB per session that is used to summarize the BABbling that occured during that session. BABABABs are created when BAB milestones are reached or if new forms of BABs are defined.

BAB Examples (BABEs) and the Stock Market

An example of a BAB is a BABE (Basic Arithmetic Bit Example). Typically, newly created BABs are BABEs. When a BABE becomes "usable," then it becomes an "official" BAB. Not all BABEs make it to BAB status. You can think of a BABE as being a beta-BAB. [If a new BAB is created, then one can say we have Yet-Another-BAB (YABAB). Creating another BABE gives us YABABE--Yet Another BABE. This fixation with the letter 'E' is because when a company gets delisted from NASDAQ, their stock symbol is given an 'E' suffix.]

Update::2006.11.21

I started teaching MAT classes when computer enrollments started toward zero. BAB growth accelerated when I started teaching MAT102. As of this update, MAT102 is the course where BABs are most effective. BABs could potentially work well in a 5-credit version of MAT082.

   spring 2004...  MAT082... 1 section
   fall 2004.....  MAT082... 2 sections
   spring 2005...  MAT082... 4 sections [BABs started]
   fall 2005.....  MAT102... 3 sections
   spring 2006...  MAT102... 2 sections
                   MAT082... 1 section
   fall 2006.....  MAT102... 3 sections
                   MAT082... 1 section
   spring 2007...  MAT102... 2 sections [tentative]
                   MAT082... 1 section

The BAB motto is: "Learning Basic Arithmetic a Bit a Time." The learning style of learning a bit at a time is not new. On 14 September 2001, I created a blog called Computing Bits. The Computing Bits motto is "Learning About Computing a Bit at a Time." I started a Learning About Computing system called CSzero, but it failed. Another failed computing venture is LearningAboutComputing.com. LearningAboutComputing.com was intended to provide a dot-com environment for dot-edu projects.

Update::2006.11.29::BABisms

BABisms are sayings or modified song lyrics that use some uses words containing "BAB".

Update::2006.12.01::Internals

MathBABs.us re-direction is grossly wrong and needs to be changed. It is currently the way it is for demonstration purposes. The domain name MathBABs.us is re-directed by Yahoo! to http://deru.com/gdt/babs. GDT is my website and it was created fall of 1997. As of 2006.11.30 it had 5229 webpages. GDT are my initials (Gerald Dean Thurman).

I wrote a 'newpage' command that is used to create all of my webpages. The newpage command is used to create BAB webpages; however, it needs to be modified to create BAB specific webpages.

I wrote a 'postbab' command to "post" a BAB (i.e. make it available on the web). The postbab command needs to be modified to post BABs to zero or more collections.

A search engine was added to the BAB homepage and this tool has simplified BAB collection creation and initialization. I need to write a command 'mkcollection' that will be executed to create a new BAB collection.

Update::2007.09.18::Still BABbling

As of 18 September 2007, there were 1154 BABs along with 33 BAB collections. The largest collection was BARS (Basic Arithmetic Road Signs).

During the summer of 2007, I did a beginning algebra class and instantiated BABs that are Beginning Algebra Bits.

During the fall of 2007, I started using BABs as 0-point assignments (ZeroPoints). In other words, the student gets zero points if they do a BAB. ZeroPoints can become positive points at the end of the semester.

   spring 2004...  MAT082... 1 section
   fall 2004.....  MAT082... 2 sections
   spring 2005...  MAT082... 4 sections [BABs started]
   fall 2005.....  MAT102... 3 sections
   spring 2006...  MAT102... 2 sections
                   MAT082... 1 section
   fall 2006.....  MAT102... 3 sections
                   MAT082... 1 section
   spring 2007...  MAT102... 2 sections [tentative]
                   MAT082... 1 section
   summer 2007...  MAT091... 1 section [4-credit; 5-weeks]
   fall 2007.....  MAT090... 1 section [5-credit]
                   MAT082... 3 sections
                   CSC100... 1 section

During the fall 2007 semester I used a couple number systems related BABs in my CSC100 class.

Update::2008.03.02::Still BABbling

As of 2 March 2008, there were 1433 BABs along with 34 BAB collections. The largest collection was BARS (Basic Arithmetic Road Signs) will a total of 389 BARS.

BABs turned three years young on 9 February 2008 and the BABY (BAB Year) was defined. This update was made during BABY 3 (i.e. the 3rd year of BABbling).

During June of 2007, I did a beginning algebra class and instantiated BABs that are Beginning Algebra Bits. There were 42 algebra BABs on 2 March 2008.

During the first half of the Spring 2008 semester, only a couple of BABs were used as ZeroPoints; however, 29 BARS were used to help learn about order of operations and 23 of the BARS were edited to help learn about solving for unknown quantities.

   spring 2004...  MAT082... 1 section  [1st time]
   fall 2004.....  MAT082... 2 sections [2nd time]
   spring 2005...  MAT082... 4 sections [3rd time; BABs started]
   fall 2005.....  MAT102... 3 sections [1st time]
   spring 2006...  MAT102... 2 sections [2nd time]
                   MAT082... 1 section  [4th time]
   fall 2006.....  MAT102... 3 sections [2nd time]
                   MAT082... 1 section  [5th time]
   spring 2007...  MAT102... 2 sections [3rd time]
                   MAT082... 1 section  [6th time]
   summer 2007...  MAT091... 1 section  [1st time; 4-credit; 5-weeks]
   fall 2007.....  MAT090... 1 section  [2nd time; 1st 5-credit]
                   MAT082... 3 sections [7th time]
                   CSC100... 1 section
   spring 2008...  MAT092... 3 sections [3rd time; 1st 3-credit]
                   MAT102... 2 sections [4th time]
                   CSC100... 1 section
   fall 2008.....  MAT082... 2 sections [8th time]
                   MAT092... 2 sections [4th time]
                   MAT122... 1 section  [1st time]
   spring 2009...  MAT082... 2 sections [9th time]
                   MAT092... 1 sections [5th time]
                   MAT122... 1 section  [2nd time]
                   CSC100... 1 section
   fall 2009...    MAT082... 2 sections [10th time]
                   MAT092... 1 sections [6th time]
                   CSC100... 1 section

I have started referring to myself as MathBabbler. MathBabbler is a creator of BABs. MathBabbler is also the name of MathBabbler' blog. MathBabbler started "babbling about mathematics" on 17 December 2006 and his blog had 160 postings on 2 March 2008.

Name That Function was started on 11 June 2007 and it had 16 functions on 2 March 2008.

Update::2010.05.15

On 15 May 2010 there were 2386 BABs, 661 BARS, 187 AlgeBABs and 365 nBABs (with 22 nBAB collections). The MathBabbler blog had 493 postings. The MathBabbler Twitter account had 715 tweets; was following 62; had 109 followers; and was in 13 lists.

   spring2010...   MAT082... 2 sections [11th time]
                   MAT092... 2 sections [7th time]
                   CSC100... 1 section

BADs returned during the spring 2010 session.

Update::2011.01.12

On 12 January 2011 there were 2990 BABs, 679 BARS, 195 AlgeBABs and 407 nBABs (with 23 nBAB collections). The MathBabbler Twitter account had 1275 tweets; was following 95; had 219 followers; and was in 30 lists.

     fall2010... MAT090... 1 section
                 MAT091... 1 section
                 MAT122... 1 section
                 CSC100... 1 section
   spring2011... MAT082... 2 sections
                 MAT092... 2 sections
                 CSC100... 1 section
Update::2013.12.18 (MathBabbler is alive and well.)

An update to this webpage was long over due. MathBabbler now has a motto: I'm not MathBabbler, I'm a MathBabbler. MathBabbler is a character.

     fall2011... MAT082... 2 sections
                 MAT122... 2 sections
                 CSC100... 1 section
   spring2012... MAT082... 2 sections
                 MAT092... 2 sections
                 CSC100... 1 section

     fall2012... MAT082... 2 sections
                 MAT122... 2 sections
                 CSC110... 1 section  [switched from CSC100 to CSC110]
   spring2013... MAT090... 1 section  [5-credits]
                 MAT092... 2 sections
                 CSC110... 1 section
                 CSC294... 1 section  [1-credit]

     fall2013... MAT082... 1 section
                 MAT102... 1 section
                 MAT122... 2 sections
                 CSC110... 1 section 

On 24 December 2013 there were 3752 BABs, 794 BARS, 235 AlgeBABs, 566 nBABs (with 37 nBAB collections), 58 BADs, and 104 MathBabblerTube videos. The MathBabbler Twitter account had 3103 tweets; was following 124; and had 821 followers. The MathBabbler blog had 565 postings. The MathBabbler Facebook had 12 "likes".


Creator: Gerald Thurman [gthurman@gmail.com]
Created: 24 November 2006