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Roman Numerals Subtractive Principle

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The 'Subtractive Principle' in Roman Numerals

Yep!!! another 'techo' word. This time it just means to represent some numbers in roman numerals you need to subtract the value of the smaller number from the larger.

e.g. XL = 50 - 10 = 40

Personally I like the way it is shown on the chalk board but you'll have to work out which way works for you.

Hint: When smaller numerals are on the left of larger ones... subtract.

When you think you've got it, try these:

- IV =
- IX =
- CM =
- XC =
- CD =

Now make up IV questions for your friends to make sure they have mastered this concept.

Notable Roman Numeral Quote

'Class, please! If you don't learn roman numerals, you'll never know the date certain motion pictures were copyrighted.'

Edna Krabappel (from The Simpsons)


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