Any number above zero is a positive number. Positive numbers are written with no sign or a '+' sign in front of them and they are counted from zero to the right.

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Any number below zero is a negative number. Negative numbers are always written with a '-' sign in front of them and they are counted from zero to the left.

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Always look at the sign in front of a number to see if it is positive or negative.

Positive numbers get higher the further we move right, so 5 is more than 2.

Negative numbers get lower the further we move left, so -5 is less than -2.

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If you get 7 out of 10 in a test, you can write your score as ^{7}/_{10}.

7 expressed as a fraction of 10 is ^{7}/_{10}.

Similarly, if there are 20 socks in a drawer and 4 of them are blue, ^{4}/_{20} of the socks are blue.

So, 4 expressed as a fraction of 20 is ^{4}/_{20}. We can put this into its simplest form by dividing the top and bottom numbers by 4. So we get ^{1}/_{5}.

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If you are expressing a number as a fraction of a second, the first number goes on the top and the second number on the bottom.

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We use a decimal point to separate units from parts of a whole (like tenths, hundredths, thousandths, etc).

0.1 is a tenth, 1/10 of a unit

0.01 is a hundredth, 1/100 of a unit

0.001 is a thousandth. 1/1000 of a unit

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To multiply 237 by 4 without using a calculator, you can set it out like this:

Start with 4 × 7, which is 28, so write the 8 and carry the 2 to the tens column.

4 × 3 = 12, but remember to add the carried 2 to get 14. Write the 4 and carry the 1 to the hundreds column.

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