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Master Math: Elementary School Math by Kristen Gryskevich

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Chapter 4Division Algorithms

Traditional Long Division

Most likely, traditional long division is the algorithm with which you are most familiar. You’re probably thinking, why would anyone divide any other way? In traditional division, the problem is broken into smaller steps that include division, multiplication, and subtraction. The first number, called the dividend, is divided by the second number, called the divisor. The resulting answer is called the quotient.

You create the symbol separating the divisor from the dividend by placing a right parenthesis with an attached vinculum (straight line) drawn to the right. This symbol does not have a specific name, so I will refer to it as the long division symbol.

Many of my students struggled dividing ...

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