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Topic: Useful problems
Replies: 41   Last Post: Jul 1, 1996 10:08 AM

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 Susan L. Addington Posts: 32 Registered: 12/6/04
Re: Useful problems
Posted: Jun 15, 1996 3:15 PM

Marge's post reminds me of some of my pet peeves, which
came up a lot when I was working with 6th graders recently:
Rulers (the garden variety you can get at the supermarket)
come in inches and
base 2 fractions: halves, fourths, eighths, etc.
Calculators (the garden variety you can get at the supermarket)
come only in decimals.
Most kids have these sorts of tools: their parents are not going
to look around for a fraction calculator, or a ruler in tenths of an inch.
So to do length computations with these standard tools, you
have to do lots of conversions back and forth. True, it's
good exercise, but it's a real pain in the neck if you have to
do more than a few.

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On Sat, 15 Jun 1996 MCotton@aol.com wrote:

> In a message dated 96-06-14 12:15:44 EDT, ach@tenet.edu (Arthur Howard)
> writes:
>

> > For instance, in our decimal world, who actually
> >needs to divide fractions, as fractions, and get a fractional answer?
> >
> >

>
> I believe that there are at least 2 or 3 very important reasons to teach
> fractions.
> 1) As a concrete basis for the algebraic manipulation of variables.
> Multiplying by the reciprocal equals 1
> Multiplication by 1 leaves the original number unchanged
> The need to find a common denominator when adding fractions.
> How to simplify expressions by cancelling common factors in both
> the numerator and the denominator.
> 2) The construction trade in the United States is still firmly committed
> to the foot-inch measurement system. Students need to be able to read
> a ruler!
> 3) Much of scientific information is written using variables, and left in
> fractional form until the last step when numbers are substituted.
>
> Marge Cotton
> mcotton@aol.com
>

Date Subject Author
6/11/96 Judith E. Jacobs
6/11/96 Andre TOOM
6/12/96 Arthur Howard
6/13/96 Andre TOOM
6/13/96 Arthur Howard
6/13/96 Andre TOOM
6/14/96 Arthur Howard
6/14/96 Andre TOOM
6/15/96 Arthur Howard
6/28/96 Andre TOOM
6/29/96 Arthur Howard
6/29/96 Andre TOOM
6/29/96 Mansel A. Nelson
6/29/96 Mansel A. Nelson
6/30/96 Andre TOOM
6/30/96 Howard L. Hansen
7/1/96 Tom Johnson
6/12/96 Judith E. Jacobs
6/13/96 Andre TOOM
6/13/96 Mansel A. Nelson
6/14/96 Andre TOOM
6/14/96 Mansel A. Nelson
6/14/96 Andre TOOM
6/15/96 Francis Fennell
6/14/96 Jack Rotman
6/14/96 Michael Paul Goldenberg
6/14/96 Arthur Howard
6/14/96 Chih-Han sah
6/14/96 Arthur Howard
6/15/96 MCotton@aol.com