subtraction sign

subtraction sign

[səb′trak·shən ‚sīn]
(mathematics)
The symbol -, used to indicate subtraction. Also known as minus sign.
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The structure of each trial was as follows: (1) a fixation point was presented for 500 ms; (2) the minuend was presented for 1500 ms; (3) the subtraction sign was presented for 300 ms; (4) the subtrahend was presented for 2500 ms; (5) the proposed solution was presented for 2500 ms or until the response; and (6) a question about strategy use was presented and remained on the screen until the participant gave an answer.
Unclear how to use the chips to show this, she abandons the model and demonstrates how to solve -1 - (-3) = 2 by showing that the minus sign in front of the 3 and the subtraction sign combine to make addition of a positive.
A great deal of conversation focused on whether the numbers 14, 13, and 12 could be related to 15 using a subtraction sign.