## Math: Which makes you tick?

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## Which makes you tick?

Picture 1
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Pciture 2
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### Math: Which makes you tick?

This is a spin-off from our discussion on the P2 Math question found here:

http://www.kiasuparents.com/kiasu/forum ... c&start=22

Just for fun as a visual learner myself, I would like to poll which picture makes you tick easier in learning the concept of tens. Of course we are all already "educated" so this poll may not be accurate in terms of intuition, so it is for fun.

Which is more "intuitive" for you to understand the tens concept?

Picture 1:

Picture 2:

Assuming a person does not go to school, I am curious which is easier to pick up the concept. I used to learn concepts from reading Math textbooks without attending classes so I wonder if this is still possible nowadays.

Picture 3: (A clearer version to Picture 2)
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I don't know, but the second pic looks quite confusing to me. Does it mean 2 Ones in the Tens column? The size of one single box in the Tens column is the same size as one box within the Tens bar (in heading) and is the same size as one box in the Ones column.

sunflower
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ksi,
for me its the 2nd pic. is this normal?

tree nymph
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The 1st pict is ambiguous, but the 2nd pict is even more confusing. Therefore I choose the lesser of the 2 evils:- pict 1

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From an adult's view, pic. 1 is not presented in a consistent manner between the tens and the ones.

However, I think what pic 1 is trying to show is the grouping of the squares into tens and ones. I would tend to think pic 1 is clearer in that sense.

Pic 2 would be clearer if there isn't a row of 10 boxes in the heading.

Asked my 6yo DD, she gave me the same answer for both pics. She also thinks pic 1 is easier to read.

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tree nymph wrote:ksi,
for me its the 2nd pic. is this normal?

Actually this is what I am trying to find out......

I find the second picture the way I think too so it is interesting to do a polling to see how our minds process differently.

Have you polled? I see only Picture 1 being selected so far.
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sunflower wrote:I don't know, but the second pic looks quite confusing to me. Does it mean 2 Ones in the Tens column? The size of one single box in the Tens column is the same size as one box within the Tens bar (in heading) and is the same size as one box in the Ones column.

Actually if we following the model diagram approach, the boxes under each labelling is ONE UNIT.
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markfch wrote:The 1st pict is ambiguous, but the 2nd pict is even more confusing. Therefore I choose the lesser of the 2 evils:- pict 1

Actually the second picture is more consistent. It is like a graph representation with a scale. The scales are ones and tens, then you plot how many units of each.
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Busymom wrote:From an adult's view, pic. 1 is not presented in a consistent manner between the tens and the ones.

However, I think what pic 1 is trying to show is the grouping of the squares into tens and ones. I would tend to think pic 1 is clearer in that sense.

Pic 2 would be clearer if there isn't a row of 10 boxes in the heading.

Asked my 6yo DD, she gave me the same answer for both pics. She also thinks pic 1 is easier to read.

Busymom, you always very spot on to what I am alluding to...it is consistency I am looking for in the visual to interpret the info.

In any case I learn something from this experience.
When one is learning the concept, perhaps Picture 1 is clearer.
When one is applying the concept, perhaps Picture 2 is clearer.

So if the school is testing regurgitation, then Picture 1
But if the school is testing application, then Picture 2. GWIM?
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ksi,
have not polled yet. will do now.

hmmm, does that mean i'm using my learnt mind to apply the concepts?

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