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Big Daddy's Free Math Drills
 
Big Daddy's Math Drills is a simple but highly effective computer program that can help children and others to learn their basic addition, subtraction, and multiplication tables by heart.  They were a great help to my children in gaining speed, accuracy, and confidence in these essential basic arithmetic skills. If you use the keypad to answer the questions, the program may also turn you into an adding machine and data entry whirlwind.

The freeware on this page consists largely of very simple tools (I'm not a good enough programmer to write any other kind) that are intended to do the job quickly and effectively, without graphical distractions, and that will run quickly on virtually any dos, MS Windows, or Linux machine.

The programs here are copyrighted, but made available for free under public licenses.  The latest release, Big Daddy's Math Drills Version 2.0, is free software licensed under the Gnu General Public License. The previous versions are free for noncommercial use and may be copied and distributed freely, provided that there is no charge collected for them, other than the actual and reasonable cost of any distribution medium.  Please let me know of any suggestions or problems.



Big Daddy's Math Drills Version 2.0

This is the upgrade you have all been waiting for (at least I've been waiting for it) since 1997 when the first version was released. It finally works more or less the way I always wanted, including
This version has been released as free and open source software under the Gnu General Public License 3.0.  Both the complete source code, and precompiled binaries that you can just copy to a folder and run under either Windows or Linux, are at the project's home page at Sourceforge.

Please let me know if you have any problems or questions.

Download Page for Version 2.0 for Windows in zip format - This is all you need to run the program on Windows.
Download Page for Version 2.0 for Linux in tar.gz format - This is all you need to run the program on Linux.
Download Page for the Complete Source Code and Documentation - You will need this only if you are a programmer who wants to view, edit, compile, or build the source code.


Big Daddy's Addition Drill

Version 1.0 is written in Asic (a version of Basic) and runs as a dos program under Windows 3.x, Windows 95, Windows 98, or from the dos prompt. Version 1.2 was rewritten in C++ and has been tested to run under Windows XP.  Big Daddy's Addition Drill works like flash cards, helping the user to develop speed and accuracy doing sums.  The user can choose the maximum sum, from 4-99, of the numbers to be added.  There are no fancy graphics.  However, by using this program for just a few days, my son Dominick and daughter Esther Rose dramatically improved their speed and accuracy in calculating simple sums.  Because this program is much faster than most commercial math programs, it provides a more effective speed drill.

Big Daddy's Addition Drill can be run from a floppy disk or your hard drive.  All you have to do is run the program file, which is called addflsh.com for Version 1.0, and add12.exe for Version 1.2, by typing its path and filename on a run line in Windows.  You can also double click the file or a shortcut to it to start it.

If you want to install the program to your hard drive, copy the zip file for the version you want by right clicking on the link, saving the link target to a folder on your hard drive, and extracting the program file and the accompanying text file.

Download Version 1.0 in zip format
Download Version 1.2 in zip format



Big Daddy's Multiplication Drill

Version 1.0 is written in Asic (a version of Basic) and runs as a dos program under Windows 3.x, Windows 95, Windows 98, or from the dos prompt. Version 1.2 was rewritten in C++ and has been tested to run under Windows XP.   It works like flash cards, helping the user to develop speed and accuracy in doing multiplications.  The user can choose the maximum multiplicand, from 4-99.  There are no fancy graphics.  However, because this program is much faster than most commercial math programs, it provides a more effective speed drill.

Big Daddy's Multiplication Drill can be run from a floppy disk or your hard drive.  All you have to do is run the program file, which is called mltflsh.com for Version 1.0, and mlt12.exe for Version 1.2, by typing its path and filename on a run line in Windows.  You can also double click the file or a shortcut to it to start it.

If you want to install the program to your hard drive, copy the zip file for the version you want by right clicking on the link, saving the link target to a folder on your hard drive, and extracting the program file and the accompanying text file.

Download Version 1.0 in zip format
Download Version 1.2 in zip format



Big Daddy's Subtraction Drill

Version 1.0 is written in Asic (a version of Basic) and runs as a dos program under Windows 3.x, Windows 95, Windows 98, or from the dos prompt. Version 1.2 was rewritten in C++ and has been tested to run under Windows XP.  It works like flash cards, helping the user to develop speed and accuracy in calculating differences.  The user can choose the maximum number from which a subtraction will be done, from 4-99.  There are no fancy graphics.  However, because this program is much faster than most commercial math programs, it provides a more effective speed drill.

Big Daddy's Subtraction Drill can be run from a floppy disk or your hard drive.  All you have to do is run the program file, which is called subflsh.com for Version 1.0, and sub12.exe for Version 1.2, by typing its path and filename on a run line in Windows.  You can also double click the file or a shortcut to it to start it.

If you want to install the program to your hard drive, copy the zip file for the version you want by right clicking on the link, saving the link target to a folder on your hard drive, and extracting the program file and the accompanying text file.

Download Version 1.0 in zip format
Download Version 1.2 in zip format



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