Compatibility with Conventional Numbers

Shape Math™ and the normal numbers, Arabic numerals, get along.  Proficiency in one does not inhibit the other.  For example:  students can do a problem by doing each of the parts of the problem mentally and writing down the parts of the answer in Arabic numerals.  To an outside observer nothing would be out of the ordinary, except for the increased proficiency.  If a student is doing a multiplication problem and forgets a times table they can use the Shape Math™ technique to find it quickly and then go back to doing the problem.  If the person is doing a division problem he or she could use Shape Math™ to figure out all the smaller problems that make up the division problem but use the long division technique for structure.  As you can see, both of these systems work together.