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Date: Wed, 02 Nov 94 06:59:29 EST
From: ainsley wagoner
Subject:  math question

Dr. Math,

My name is Ainsley Wagoner and I am a 1st grader in kentucky.
I'm writing you on my daddy's computer. My question is this.
200+1000=?. Adding things with seven is hard for me, like 8+7=?,
7+9=?.

Thanks Dr Math. I really like my Dad's computer and math and

Good-bye
Ainsley Wagoner
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Date: Wed, 2 Nov 1994 09:11:54 +0900
Subject: Re: math question

Hi Ainsley,

Thanks for writing to us.  My name is Margaret.  I am one of the
doctors Math.  Thanks for writing to us.

200+1000 = ?  Sometimes it is easier to write problems like this
in the other way.  For example:

200   In this way, you begin from the right (the 0's) and add each
+1000   column.  So, 0+0=0, 0+0=0, 2+0=2, and then pretend there
------  is one more 0: 0+1=1.
1200

Try some more.  Like  300+400=?       222+1000=?      400+ 200=?

Now, for problems with seven.  I am not sure exactly what to suggest.
Sometimes when I add numbers, I try to split up the number to make it
easier.  You know that 7=5+2, right?  Well, if it is easier for you to add
things with five and things with two.  You could do this instead.

So, instead of 8+7, try 8+5+2.   and for 7+9, try 5+2+9.

I hope this helps.  Please write back if you don't understand, or if you

Margaret- Doctor on call
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