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“Oh no! Not fractions!” The anxiety that students (and teachers) experience with this core mathematical topic prompted the editors to bring together research on the teaching and learning of fractions.

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How to Write What you Want to Say in Mathematics

A guide for students of mathematics who know what they want to say but can’t find the words

How to write what you want to say in Mathematics
Lyn Carter & Patricia Hipwell

But it’s maths not English!”


The writing demands in mathematics are often underestimated. Communicating mathematical ideas, results, reasoning and conclusions requires more than symbolic notation, it requires precise and correct written expression.


This concise booklet outlines the nature of mathematical writing: its common forms (such as classifying, comparing, explaining, extrapolating, interpreting, justifying), correct report construction, and conventions for showing mathematical working. It includes a glossary, sentence starters, connectives, lists of useful mathematical language and many, many examples of sound mathematical writing. Your students will thank you.


For parents, teachers and students.

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ISBN-13: 978-1-925046-03-8
Year Levels: 6 - 12
Publisher: Boolarong Press 2013
Page Count: 58
Cover type: Soft cover
Product number: BOP001
Keywords: Middle years/Secondary/General

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