This Subtract Fractions and Mixed Numbers By Decomposing video also includes:
In the last of a five-part series, learn a final strategy for subtracting fractions and mixed numbers: decomposing. The term equivalent is reviewed to start, along with the concept of breaking up a whole number into a mixed number. Then, several problems are walked through using a combination of fraction bars and graphics to visualize the steps for solving.
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- A yummy illustration of a problem with cookies helps reveal the common mistake of subtracting the whole of a mixed number but forgetting to subtract the fraction
- The video discusses what equivalent means and lists fractions that are equivalent, but it does not discuss what makes one fraction equal to another
- The term decompose is not explicitly defined, so this may be something the class should review before watching