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Ronald A Ward

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Re: "low stress" algorithms
Posted: Dec 14, 1998 6:41 PM
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Barton Hutchings had an article entitled "Low-stress Subtraction" in the
March, 1975 issue of the Arithmetic Teacher, pp 226-32. Perhaps that is
the one you were thinking of? This article is also referenced by Robert
Ashlock in "Error Patterns in Computation," 1976, page 14, as part of a
discussion of alternative algorithms.

There are also other examples, such as the "German low-stress algorithm"
for multiplication, mentioned by Musser and Burger on page 163 of their
Fourth Edition of "Mathematics for Elementary Teachers," 1997, Prentice

Ron Ward/Western Washington University/Bellingham, WA 98225

On Mon, 14 Dec 1998, Tom_O'Shea wrote:

> Wonderful discussion about California, but the "world-wide"
> influence of decisions there hasn't hit British Columbia. It may yet,
> however, given the cyclical nature of curriculum movements and the phase
> lag between Canada and the US (if it crosses the semi-permeable membrane
> out of California).
> On a personal note, I am looking for an article by Barton Hutchings
> (I think) having to do with teaching the use of what he called "low stress"
> algorithms. I thought it was in an old NCTM yearbook, perhaps the 1970s or
> 1980s, but I haven't been able to find it. Can anyone help me out?
> Thanks,
> Tom.
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