Re: Left hand side

Subject: Re: Left hand side
From: Tim Pera <uusr656!tim -at- RAMBONE -dot- PSI -dot- NET>
Date: Wed, 15 Feb 1995 16:48:47 +0600

glen accardo wrote:

"When I see "On the right hand side of the equation...." I insert the
comment that equations don't have hands..."

Nor do equations have right and wrong sides. Yet many people - and not
just 7th graders - who have trouble with the mathematical concept of
equality sometimes use that kind of language when talking about
equations. Thus, using the word "hand" in these circumstances can
enhance understanding, or at least discourage misconceptions.

Tim Pera
Publishing Business Systems, Inc.
2833 Fairview Ave. N., St. Paul, MN 55113 USA
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