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Counting from 1 to 100 is normal for anyone. Just increment by 1. It's that simple.

But counting time may be another story for young math students.

Why is this so?

There is the seconds, the mintes, and the hours to handle. They differ by the umber 60.

The "carry over" through addition is the number SIX!

1 min 30 sec added by 40 sec gives .......

1 min 70 sec?

Here the 70 sec includes 60 sec + 10 sec. You need to understand that for time, 60 sec means one whole minute.

Thus, 70 sec = 60 sec + 10 sec ===> 70 sec = 1 min + 10 sec.

Therefore, 1 min 30 sec add 40 sec gives ==> 2 min 10 sec.

Compare this to adding 30 by 40. Answer = 70. No more analysis.

Time base on 1 hour = 60 min, 1 min = 60 sec concept.

To test true understanding of addition (and subtraction), time is a good gauge and tool to assess learners.

Test it on young kids today to annoy them... *#^&@!

Cheers!

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## Monday, 13 April 2009

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