Multiple phase multiple choice problems example 1

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## Advantages of multiple phase multiple choice problems

* Students get instant feedback on each step of solving a problem.

* Because it's multiple choice, students don't have to struggle with input. Most of the online homework systems require a considerable amount of computer skill to draw a graph or type something like (1/3)^(1/2)

* You can get to the end with just guessing and the back button. This encourages students to just click their best guess and give it a try. Many students "freeze" when they are not 100% sure how to start a math problem, and learning to give math a try when you're only 50% sure you are doing the right thing is a very useful skill.

I don't think these problems should replace the more typical "get the answer on your own"-type problems, because you haven't really learned math if you can't do an entire problem start to finish on your own. But problems like this could be a great addition. Eventually (when I have more time, web hosting, and skill to focus on this site) I'd like to make sets of multiple phase multiple choice problems along with videos and other related resources dedicated to some of the difficult but basic math skills I see a lot of students have trouble with.

* Because it's multiple choice, students don't have to struggle with input. Most of the online homework systems require a considerable amount of computer skill to draw a graph or type something like (1/3)^(1/2)

* You can get to the end with just guessing and the back button. This encourages students to just click their best guess and give it a try. Many students "freeze" when they are not 100% sure how to start a math problem, and learning to give math a try when you're only 50% sure you are doing the right thing is a very useful skill.

I don't think these problems should replace the more typical "get the answer on your own"-type problems, because you haven't really learned math if you can't do an entire problem start to finish on your own. But problems like this could be a great addition. Eventually (when I have more time, web hosting, and skill to focus on this site) I'd like to make sets of multiple phase multiple choice problems along with videos and other related resources dedicated to some of the difficult but basic math skills I see a lot of students have trouble with.