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 Subtracting with Mixed Units [02/10/2009]

How would you subtract 1 ton, 12 lb, 6 oz from 4 tons?
 "Subtraction" and "Negative"Same Sign, Different Concepts? [12/14/2005]

Why do we use "" to mean both "subtraction" and "negative", when those are two different concepts?
 Subtrahend and Minuend [03/10/1997]

What are subtrahend and minuend? I think they have to do with
subtraction.
 Take Aways [03/28/2002]

56  18 = ? I don't know how to do it.
 Teaching Borrowing in Subtraction [03/12/1997]

What kind of suggestions do you have for manipulatives?
 Teaching Children to Subtract [08/30/2005]

I am having a hard time trying to teach my 7 year old how to subtract
numbers in the teens minus single digits, such as 14  7 or 17  9. I
just think you have to remember them by heart. Is there an easier way?
 Using Addition and Subtraction to Check Answers [02/25/2003]

How can you use addition to check subtraction? How can you use
subtraction to check addition?
 When in Rome, Know Your Place — Less a Written Notation for It [01/27/2015]

An adult wonders how Romans could have developed their rules for subtraction
absent place value. Citing their use of the abacus, Doctor Peterson distinguishes
between operating with the concept and representing it.
 Why Is Mental Math Important? [03/25/2004]

How can I convince a 14 year old girl who is in 8th grade the
importance of mental math? I think that skills like mentally adding
and subtracting 2 digit numbers and being able to estimate multiplying
2 digit large numbers are critical. My daughter's teacher says that
such skills aren't needed because of calculators and computers.
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