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Mathematical Notation and Schools – 8

Subtraction: The Dot For “Borrowing” Can Also Denote Negative Numbers In this series, I’m looking at the impact of mathematical notation on student understanding and student learning.  In the previous installment, I looked at a notation for “long subtraction” different … Continue reading

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Mathematical Notations and Schools – 7

Subtraction: The Dot For “Borrowing” In this series, I’ve been exploring notational issues and their impact on student learning.  So far, I’ve been hesitating dealing with the standard subtraction algorithm as taught in the USA for two reasons: 1. I’m … Continue reading

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Mathematical Notations and Schools – 6

The Overloaded Equals Sign: Solving Equations and Checking Solutions In this series about mathematical notation and its impact on the learning of mathematics, the previous post looked at the use of the “=” sign to indicate equivalence or identity, and … Continue reading

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Mathematical Notation and Schools – 5

The Overloaded Equals Sign: Equivalence In this series about mathematical notation and its impact on the learning of mathematics, the previous post started to look at the overloading of the equals sign – so many different meanings and uses cramped … Continue reading

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Mathematical Notation and Schools – 4

The Overloaded Equals Sign: “Do This Now” In this series about mathematical notation and its impact on the learning of mathematics, we’ve looked so far at the raised minus sign for negative numbers, the various ways of denoting multiplication, and … Continue reading

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Mathematical Notation and Schools – 2

Notations For Multiplication In the first part of this series, I looked at the practice in American schools to use a raised minus sign for negative numbers: e.g. ⁻7 for negative seven, in contrast to the “-” in 10 – … Continue reading

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Mathematical Notation and Schools: The Series

Here’s a summary of the series (thus far) of posts on mathematical notation, with links. This allows you to read them in order, from oldest to most recent. In this series, I’m investigating variations of standard mathematical notation, with an … Continue reading

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