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Changing the Face of Math Education Book 1 Chapter 14

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Rational Numbers
14.1 Introduction…232
14.2 Strategies for Introducing Rational Numbers…233
14.3 Connecting Rational Numbers to Measurement…238
14.4 Strategies for Simplifying Rational Numbers…242
14.5 Working with Mixed Fractions…246
14.6 Practice Exercises for Chapter 14…252

Rational Numbers (Fractions) are the most disliked and feared topic in mathematics.

Why do so many dislike fractions? Without a doubt, the strategies presently used to teach fractions are the culprits.

Call me strange or weird but I love fractions. I see fractions as your friends because they are a faster, an easier and a more accurate way to obtain many answers in mathematics.

This chapter will give you a conceptual understanding of fractions, help you understand why we use the fractions we use in measurement, different strategies for simplifying fractions, and different strategies for adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing fractions.

I will even show you how many fractional addition and subtraction problems may be worked mentally without finding a common denominator and writing all the work down, including problems involving mixed fractions.

Fractions are here to stay and we need to change the way we look at fractions. Let's go from a society of disliking fractions to a society of loving fractions. Yes, now you are pretty sure I'm crazy.

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