Confused when to use equal "=" or arrow "-->"



Since we start to learn about addition and subtraction, the equal sign, =" comes in.

E.g. 2 + 1 = 3 , 5 - 1 = 4


This equal sign, = follows us through the start of learning problems sums to represent units.

E.g. Ben has two times as much money as Alan. Alan has $10. How much does Ben have?

1 unit = $10

2 units = 2 x $10

= $20

The word 'unit' must be spelt in full instead of using the letter 'u'.

Do not use 1 unit --> $10.


This arrow sign --> means "implies"

Arrow sign are used in P5 topics like Percentage and Rate and not other situation.

E.g. Percentage

50% of a shirt --> $200

1% of a shirt --> $4

100% of a shirt ---> $400


NOT 50% of a shirt = $200


E.g. Rate

2 painters --> 10 hours

1 painter --> 5 hours


NOT 2 painters = 10 hours


Hope you are no longer confused in showing your workings during problem sums!


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