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Shaleen
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Hi Kyle,

How would you braille this problem?   Would you treat the negative mixed number as a negative fraction? I am second guessing and confusing myself!

Julie

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kdejute
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Thank you for sharing your question, Julie.

I would transcribe the print "(negative one and four-fifths)(negative-three over eight)" as follows, without any braille line breaks.

"<"-#a#d/e">"<("-#c./#h)">

This transcription has the following characteristics.

1. follows print for placement of the minus signs (i.e., before the whole number part of a mixed number and with the numerator of a general fraction)
2. treats the four-fifths as a numeric fraction that is part of a mixed number that happens to be negative
3. treats the fraction "negative-three over eight" as a general fraction, because it includes a symbol of operation

–Kyle

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kdejute
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For convenience, I've attached an image of the example print and the suggested braille.

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