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AUTHOR OF FIRST LESSONS IN ARITHMETIC, ELEMENTARY ALGEBRA,
PERSPECTIVE, ANALYTICAL GEOMETRY,
PUBLISHED BY A. S. BARNES & CO.
PUBLIC Schools, BALTIMORE,
August, 1842. At a meeting of the Board of Commissioners of Public Schools, Baltimore, to hear the report of the Book Committee, upon Davies' Elementary Series. The following resolution was offered, and adopted:
Resolved,—That Davies' First Lessons in ARITHMETIC, Davies'
John F. TILYARD, Clerk.
CHAMBER OF THE CONTROLLERS or Public Schools,
Philadelphia, September 15, 1842.
Resolved,—That Davies' First Lessons in ArTUMETIC, and
THOMAS B. FLORENCE,
Entered according to the Act of Congress, in the year one thousand eight hundred and thirty-eight, by Cuarles DaVIES, in the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the United States, for the Southern District of New York.
C. A. Alvord, PRINTER, cor. of John & Dutch sts., New York.
A CORRECT and accurate knowledge of Arithmetic is one of the most important elements of a liberal or practical education. The public should, therefore, receive with indulgence every attempt that may be made to improve this department of instruction.
The Elementary Treatise, which is here presented, is an enlargede and it is hoped, an improved edition of the Common School Arithmetic, published in 1833. The suggestions of several experienced teachers have been incorporated with the body of the work in its new form, and, indeed, nothing has been omitted which it was thought would give it value to those for whose use it is designed. It has been the intention to render the whole subject as plain as it is capable of being made, and at the same time, to treat it as concisely as possible.
The name, Compound Numbers, which has heretofore been given to all numbers in which the kind of unit is expressed, has been changed to that of Denominate Numbers. This change has not been made with any ambitious spirit of innovation, but because it is deemed an improvement. It is not easy to form an idea of what is meant by the term, Compound Number, and especially so, when we find it applied to such numbers as 3 pounds, 3 dollars, 3 shillings, &c. Why is 3 pounds a compound number any more than 3? If it be answered that 3 pounds is composed or compounded of three single pounds, that does not remove the difficulty, for 3 is also composed of three units 1. Is it not then the better way to call the first a denominate number, and the other a simple number, as is done in $ 45.
Mr. Hasler, in his Arithmetic, has called this class of numbers, De dominate Fractions.