[Numeracy 162] Re: The double negative language-math link

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From: Denney, Brooke <denneyb at cowley.edu>
To: numeracy at nifl.gov
Sent: Thu, Feb 11, 2010 10:17 pm
Subject: [Numeracy 151] The double negative language-math link



Michael:

I disagree with your statement that, “negatives carry meaning in mathematical, but not physical (reality) terms”; after all, it is winter in the Midwest and negative values mean something in my reality when we are talking about wind chill factors and really cold temperatures (perhaps living in a really warm climate you may have forgotten). Also, negative numbers are used when discussing the grade of the road (i.e., positive or negative grade). Does anyone else have examples of negative numbers used in reality?

-Brooke






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