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Feb19

What’s the Difference Between a European Billion and an American Billion?

We know that mathematical terms can vary across the world and that there are different units of measurement, decimal separators and division methods. In today’s post we’re going to talk about a subject that invokes some confusion: a billion in an Anglophone country such as the United States is not the same as a billion in a Hispanophone country like Spain, […]

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Feb05

Adding and Subtracting Fractions: Why Do They Need the Same Denominator?

Adding and Subtracting Fractions: Why Do They Need the Same Denominator?

Today we’re going to find out why, when we’re adding and subtracting fractions, they need to have the same denominator. If you didn’t already know, when we’re adding and subtracting fractions, they must be homogeneous. You can read more about homogeneous and heterogeneous fractions in this post. It’s really easy to understand using visual aids, which we’ll take […]

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Feb02

Prime Numbers: Activities with Smartick

Prime Numbers: Activities with Smartick

In previous posts we’ve learned about prime numbers and composite numbers. Today we’re going to look at different sequenced activities involving prime numbers that Smartick students work on. We’ve included examples of different types and levels, from identifying whether a number is prime or composite to finding the least common multiple and highest common factor through prime factor […]

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Jan29

Stimulation of Mathematical Talent with Smartick

Stimulation of Mathematical Talent with Smartick

In colloquial terms, we use the labels “gifted child”, “student with high abilities”, “child prodigy” or “gifted and talented” in an indifferent manner, but it’s important to know that there are many nuances that differentiate these terms. First of all, when we refer to a person as someone with high abilities we’re talking about someone who demonstrates […]

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