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negative numbers or minus?

Discussion in 'Primary' started by poet, Sep 4, 2011.

  1. poet

    poet New commenter

    Hi all
    Just a quick query...
    I was always of the opinion that numbers lower than zero were negative numbers ie; -3 would be negative 3 not minus 3 as minus is an operation.
    We have just bought into a maths scheme in school *shudder* and one of the teaching points in the first unit I am looking at is that "negative numbers should be referred to as negative 2, 3, 4 etc. except for when reading temperature when they should be minus 1, 2, 3, etc."
    correct? or not so much?
    Cheers! P
     
  2. poet

    poet New commenter

    Hi all
    Just a quick query...
    I was always of the opinion that numbers lower than zero were negative numbers ie; -3 would be negative 3 not minus 3 as minus is an operation.
    We have just bought into a maths scheme in school *shudder* and one of the teaching points in the first unit I am looking at is that "negative numbers should be referred to as negative 2, 3, 4 etc. except for when reading temperature when they should be minus 1, 2, 3, etc."
    correct? or not so much?
    Cheers! P
     
  3. marlin

    marlin Star commenter Forum guide

    I'd agree with the book - always use negative except when reading temperature.
     
  4. cally1980

    cally1980 Established commenter

    same, negative except for temp.
     

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