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Misconceptions

The authors of this website have identified 8 common misconceptions that lead to errors in mathematics (and promise to add more as time permits). Topics include: Rounding Numbers, Multiplication can Increase or Decrease a Number, Multiplying Decimals, Decimals and their Equivalent Fractions, Dividing Whole Numbers by Fractions, Adding with Negative Numbers, Calculations with Negative Numbers, and Calculations with Hundreds and Thousands. Each misconception is described in a pdf document which explains how the misconception arises, the rationale for the correct concept, and exercises aimed at reinforcing the correction.
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Contributed by: Plymouth University (UK) - Publisher, Ilan Samson & David Burghes - Author
Math TopicNumber Sense, Decimals, Fractions, Basic Operations, Number Concepts, Mathematical Practices, Mathematical Processes
Grade Level4, 5, 6+
Resource TypeProblem Set, Tutorial

  • Additional Information
    • AudienceEducator, Learner
    • LanguageEnglish (United Kingdom)
    • Education TopicMisconceptions, Teacher content knowledge
    • Interdisciplinary Connection
    • Professional DevelopmentNo
    • ContributorPlymouth University (UK) - Publisher, Ilan Samson & David Burghes - Author
    • Publication Date2005-07
    • RightsCenter for Innovation in Mathematics Teaching
    • AccessFree access
  • Standards
    • Common Core State Standards for Mathematics

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