**Decoded Science**article.

*Jan. 13, 2013): We've finally published "*

**Updated****Adding Fractions: Using a Common Denominator**"! The usual pair of publicity articles were added on Jan. 14th, so this is now "done and dusted".

My apologies for the delay, especially with images before the articles were published. However, this page has to be available online to take "first place" in the race to publish.

Amusingly, my stalwart editor actually improved on the three similar images that I had provided. Only my "How to Add Fractions" effort survived.

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*Jan. 7, 2013): Amusingly, as I began writing this Decoded Science article, I realized that "addition" had to begin with "vocabulary". Rather than write a double article, which would once again grieve my editor, I broke the topic into two*

**Updated***.*

**fractions**The first part is "

**What Are Fractions? Math Vocabulary for Parts of a Whole**", published to the Web on January 7, 2013.

This might have been disputed if they went directly to another publication.

## Publicity for Introducing Fractions

**DeHaan Services**("Words for Fractions in Introductory Math") and my

**Xanga**blog ("Which Words to Use for Fractions in Math") have now publicized the vocabulary article.

Both

**DeHaan Services**("Use the Common Denominator to Add Fractions") and my

**Xanga**blog ("Finding a Common Denominator for Adding Fractions") publicized my "how to add fractions" article a day after it was published.

## One Improper Writing Tip states that Size Matters

This

**writing tip**explains how an "improper" article became "proper". Or, more accurately, why I divided an oversize essay in half.

The most frequent criticism from my

**Decoded Science**editor is that my articles stretch to the boundary of what she wants for that site.

In my view, however, it's tricky to write for an audience who may not know enough of the background. So I often include enough material for an extra article.

This time, I caught myself in the act of having more appetizer than first course. Then I also took corrective action, spinning off the introduction as a separate article to explain the math vocabulary.

This writing tip is to keep focus on one topic when writing online. Readers who need the vocabulary will be able to link back from the "how to add fractions" article; but no-one should be intimidated by having too many pages in one article.