n Learning and Teaching Mathematics - Considering terminology and notation of the decimal system

Volume 2012, Issue 13
  • ISSN : 1990-6811


Have you or any of your students noticed that terms on the left and right side of the decimal point can appear to be inconsistent? For example, the hundreds' digit is 3 places to the left of the decimal point, while the hundredths' digit is 2 places to the right of the decimal point. Students can sometimes find the terminology confusing since are not paired with are not paired with , and are not paired with . This reflects an innate expectation for symmetric terminology.

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