# Mnemonic Device for Long Division

## How do I do long division?

Long Division is one of those basic concepts that always seems for some students to be a difficult concept to master. This is a basic mnemonic device ( a way to remember) the steps to long division.

## Long Division

## Does McDonalds Serve Burgers?

This is just one of the few mnemonic devices that I use to teach long division.

Does = Divide

McDonalds = Multiply

Serve = Subtract

Burgers = Bring Down

Let's look at the problem to the right to see how this works.

The first step is to **DIVIDE**. What is 2 ÷ 2 = 1. 1 goes on top of the problem.

Second step **MULTIPLY**. 1 x 2 = 2. 2 goes below the dividend.

Third step **SUBTRACT**. 2 - 2 = 0.

Final step **BRING DOWN**. Bring down the next number which is a 4.

Repeat!

## Repeat Does McDonalds Serve Burgers Steps

We are going to continue to repeat the steps until the problem is done.

We just brought down the 4 so now we need to **Divide**. 4÷2 = 2. 2 goes in the quotient on top.

We **multiply** the digit we just placed in the quotient 2 by the divisor 2. 2 × 2= 4.

We place the product below to create a **subtraction** problem. 4 - 4 = 0

**Bring Down** the next digit 6.

Repeat the steps again to finish the problem.

## Comments

Nice mnemonic! will surely teach it to my kids when they are born!! :-)

That is thoughtful I must say! You must be a gem of a teacher then! Helping kids shape up their own imagination is what I would dream my teacher to be like! Hats off!

I must insist that you share your tricks and techs with us from time to time!

Nice Hub! You can make nice math markup for future hubs by using the LaTeX equation editor at codecogs.com/latex/eqneditor.php and then right-click and save the image as a gif or png. It's not too hard a language to learn. for instance, to make a nice picture of ( 3 / sqrt( 4^2 + x ) ), you'd type "\frac{3}{\sqrt{4^2 + x}}" without the quotes. Note that the combo box that says "transparent" should be set to white for it to look good in most cases.

Anything I can try to get students to do long division is worth looking at.

Good morning, kthix10, I am sharing this hub and pinning as well. I am also placing this link in a hub I am publishing about math in the next few days. Hats off to you. voted up

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