Mathematical Misconceptions

There are many misconceptions in the understanding of mathematics which ultimately give rise to errors. Resources addressing eight of the most commonly found are included in this collection. Each resource contains an explanation of how the misconception arises so easily, together with some exercises aimed at reinforcing the correction needed. It is hoped that a study of the reason, together with practice of the exercises, will help to eliminate these errors.

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Rounding numbers

Students' misconceptions when rounding to the nearest 1000 is the focus of this resource from the Centre for Innovation in Mathematics Teaching. It illustrates how, when asked to round a value to the nearest 1000, some students mistakenly round to the nearest 10, then the nearest 100 and finally to the nearest 1000,...
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1990 - 1999

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Multiplications can increase or decrease

This resource, provided by the Centre for Innovation in Mathematics Teaching, explores why multiplication does not always increase the size of a number. It explains how, by putting the term multiplying into a context with which students can identify and making a situation meaningful, this common misconception can...
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1990 - 1999

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Multiplying decimals

This resource, from the Centre for Innovation in Mathematics Teaching, illustrates the common mistakes students make when multiplying two decimal values. It suggests that the language used could be adjusted so that the term times is interchanged with of, thus one-tenth of one-tenth is equal to one one-...
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1990 - 1999

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Decimals and their equivalent fractions

This resource, from the Centre for Innovation in Mathematics Teaching, explores the misconception that decimals and fractions are different types of numbers. It illustrates how to write a decimal value as a fraction, as well as how, by using division, most fractions can be expressed with denominators of 10, 100 or...
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1990 - 1999

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