Mercury Math: Fast Mathematics
By Synthetic Insights Ltd
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Averse to Math? Reaching for the calculator at slightest inclination of numbers?
Hesitate no more.
Mercury Math is a fully-featured application that will guide you to the Master’s shortcuts. Learn how to multiply together numbers of any length all in your head, without writing anything down. It is accessible to all and will work at your own pace.
In an age where we gain tools to do ever more tasks for us, mental acuity is timeless. This application will not only help you keep, but also tone that acuity all the while learning useful and amazing tricks discovered by Jakow Trachtenberg.
-Based on the Trachtenberg System of speed arithmetic.
-Specific shortcuts for multiplication by 1 through 12.
-Full Any-by-Any digit multiplication method.
-Effective correct answer checking technique.
-Lessons, practice, and progress feedback.
-Hours of learning content.
-Hard challenges that will keep you busy for months.
-Intuitive controls and rational interface: Start and Go!
-Guided learning, no need to guess-work the methodology. Just like having a teacher by your side.
-Need to go? No problem we’ll continue where you left off.
-Supports multiple users.
-Experience significant progress from just minutes-brief sessions.
-Listen and control your iPod music from within the app!(Update 1.0.3)
Use a calculator - solve a problem for a day.
Teach yourself speed multiplication – solve problems for a lifetime!
What's New in Version 1.1.2
-updated stable code base to 1.1.
-incorporated Mercury Division updates and delete interface
-some UI buttons' update to reflect their functions more accurately
-change input interface for correct answer checking, changed lessons to reflect this correctly
Great to find a Trachtenberg coaching app!
The technique is quite challenging so finding this is a great help.
Once you get used to the unique interface it's great. I'm finding the time constraints in the tests quite challenging but I suppose that's the point, only when you get proficient at a particular test are you ready to progress to the next stage.
My only minor quibble is that the app works perfectly on an iPad except that it's permanently in portrait mode (which is fine) but doesn't rotate by 180 if you turn the device upside down. Unfortunately this means that the app is always upside down if you use the standard apple folding case.
I learnt this system from the book and use the app on my daily commute. It really is superb for sharpening and perfecting the techniques needed.
I cannot fault it but would like to make a few suggestions.
Firstly, it would be nice to have an overall test to practice several techniques, instead of constantly switching. The user could select the multipliers and the amount of questions for each.
Secondly, a summary screen would be handy, listing all methods; x11 - C+N, x12 - 2C+N, etc.
Thirdly, how about either another app or update to the multiplier or divider app which covers square & square roots?
Fourthly, another app which teaches/generates fast addition sums, with an answer checking facility.
Finally, a speed adder to add 2 & 3 single numbers together against the clock, up to 29. This would help speed up all calculations. Also, a combined super app, free or reduced for owners of both current apps?
Thanks devs. Very good work.
Ps: why are the ratings not shown for your apps? There are now 3 reviews for this one.
Great. Trachtenburg practice!
Been trying to learn thus from the book. But this is much better as there are timed trials and as many practice questions as you want. Great for hardwiring the techniques!
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- Category: Education
- Updated: 28 December 2009
- Version: 1.1.2
- Size: 1.1 MB
- Language: English
- Developer: Synthetic Insights Ltd
- © 2008 Synthetic Insights Ltd
Compatibility: Requires iOS 3.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.