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The difference bar: make your own easy subtractions

Learn how to split up numbers in your head. Use a linear partitioning tool to help find the difference between pairs of numbers such as 8 and 64. Choose your own pairs of numbers (a single-digit number and a two-digit number). Split the numbers into parts that are easy to work with, work out each part and then solve the ...

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The difference bar: make your own hard subtractions

Learn how to split up numbers in your head. Use a linear partitioning tool to help find the difference between pairs of two-digit numbers such as 27 and 86. Choose your own pairs of numbers. Split the numbers into parts that are easy to work with, work out each part and then solve the original calculation. This learning ...

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The difference bar: generate easy subtractions

Learn how to split up numbers in your head. Use a linear partitioning tool to help find the difference between pairs of two-digit numbers such as 25 and 34. In these examples, the difference is always less than ten. Split the numbers into parts that are easy to work with, work out each part and then solve the original calculation.

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The difference bar: generate hard subtractions

Learn how to split up numbers in your head. Use a linear partitioning tool to help find the difference between pairs of two-digit numbers such as 25 and 44. In most of these examples, the difference is greater than ten. Split the numbers into parts that are easy to work with, work out each part and then solve the original ...

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The difference bar: go figure

This tutorial is suitable for use with a screen reader. It explains how to split up numbers in your head when finding the difference between two numbers such as 26 and 73. Work through sample questions and instructions explaining how to use linear partitioning techniques. Find the difference between pairs of numbers. Split ...

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Exploring order of operations

Work through mathematical operations in an algorithm. Perform calculations with integers where the order of operations is important. Start with two-step operations such as 6+10x2. Move on to numerical expressions involving several operations and notation such as parentheses and indices. Solve numerical expressions quickly ...

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The multiplier: go figure

This tutorial is suitable for use with a screen reader. It explains strategies for solving complex multiplications in your head such as 22x38. Work through sample questions and instructions explaining how to use partitioning techniques. Solve multiplications by breaking them up into parts that are easy to work with, use ...

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The part-adder: make your own easy sums

Solve addition sums such as 58+9. Use a linear partitioning tool to help solve your own addition sums. Learn strategies to do complex sums in your head. Split a sum into parts that are easy to work with, work out each part and then solve the original calculation. This learning object is one in a series of five objects.

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The part-adder: make your own hard sums

Solve addition sums such as 43+29. Use a linear partitioning tool to help solve your own addition sums. Learn strategies to do complex addition sums in your head. Split a sum into parts that are easy to work with, work out each part and then solve the original calculation. This learning object is one in a series of five objects.

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The part-adder: generate easy sums

Solve addition sums such as 28+9. Use a linear partitioning tool to help solve randomly generated addition sums. Learn strategies to do complex sums in your head. Split a sum into parts that are easy to work with, work out each part, then solve the original calculation. This learning object is one in a series of five objects.

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The part-adder: generate hard sums

Solve addition sums such as 58+27. Use a linear partitioning tool to help solve randomly generated addition sums. Learn strategies to do complex sums in your head. Split a sum into parts that are easy to work with, work out each part and then solve the original calculation. This learning object is one in a series of five objects.

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The part-adder: go figure

This tutorial is suitable for use with a screen reader. It explains strategies for solving addition sums in your head such as 22+49. Work through sample questions and instructions explaining how to use linear partitioning techniques. Solve addition sums by breaking them up into parts that are easy to work with, work out ...

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The take-away bar: make your own easy subtractions

Solve subtractions such as 58-9. Use a linear partitioning tool to help solve your own subtractions. Learn strategies to do complex arithmetic in your head. Split a subtraction into parts that are easy to work with, work out each part and then solve the original calculation. This learning object is one in a series of five objects.

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The take-away bar: make your own hard subtractions

Solve subtractions such as 93-47. Use a linear partitioning tool to help solve your own subtractions. Learn strategies to do complex arithmetic in your head. Split a subtraction into parts that are easy to work with, work out each part and then solve the original calculation. This learning object is one in a series of five ...

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The take-away bar: generate easy subtractions

Solve subtractions such as 28-9. Use a linear partitioning tool to help solve randomly generated subtractions. Learn strategies to do complex arithmetic in your head. Split a subtraction into parts that are easy to work with, work out each part and then solve the original calculation. This learning object is one in a series ...

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Partitioning: the missing link in building fraction knowledge and confidence

This professional article written by renowned mathematics educator Dianne Siemon focuses on students' understanding of fractions in the middle years (years 5-9). It identifies partitioning as the missing link between early years' understanding of fractions and the understandings required to work with rational numbers in ...

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Shape fractions

Use this tool to explore how to express fractions and display them in different ways. Divide simple shapes into equal parts. Select regions, then express the area selected as a fraction (or equivalent). Manually select fractions or choose other options to set variables displayed.

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The take-away bar: generate hard subtractions

Solve subtractions such as 87-29. Use a linear partitioning tool to help solve randomly generated subtractions. Learn strategies to do complex arithmetic in your head. Split a subtraction into parts that are easy to work with, work out each part and then solve the original calculation. This learning object is one in a series ...

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The take-away bar: go figure

This tutorial is suitable for use with a screen reader. It explains strategies for solving subtractions in your head such as 87-39. Work through sample questions and instructions explaining how to use linear partitioning techniques. Solve subtractions by breaking them up into parts that are easy to work with, work out each ...

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Fruit and vegetable merchant's abacus, 1900s

This is a Chinese abacus, one of several abacuses used by Sydney fruit and vegetable merchant Mar Leong Wah for making calculations at his family's successful Wing Sang and Co fruit and vegetable wholesale store. The wooden abacus consists of a rectangular frame with a horizontal divider that splits the framed area into ...