Over on Twitter, @missradders has sparked a really interesting discussion on subtracting fractions by offering the above method to subtract two fractions. (see the Twitter thread here)
I must admit, it is a method new to me and, from reading the replies to her tweet, it was unfamiliar to many other teachers, to.
But is it a valid method?
Again, reading through the comments on the thread, its taking a bit of a kicking. Before we come to a conclusion, perhaps its worth asking why, in the age of the scientific calculator, do we even bother to add or subtract fractions?
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