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How Do You Solve Divisions the Easy Way

Updated on October 10, 2012
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Supposedly, you passed adding, subtracting and barely multiplying, right? But now you have this China Wall called Division. You are already seven years old and your mom told you to come here to check with Mr. Cross, because another mom's friend told her to try this kind of easier way of seeing math...First rule: turn off that music and put away that cell.

And you are here, reading me all mad, because your mom forced you to. And she is reading too. "How did he know?" Well is common sense. Been there, done that.

Lets put things in order, so you can grab this baby's wet diaper... no wonder they call it quotient, feels heavy and rounded.

DEFINITIONS

IN THE EXAMPLE: 8 / 4 = 2

8 IS CALLED THE DIVIDEND

4 IS CALLED THE DIVISOR

2 IS CALLED THE QUOTIENT



FIRST MNEMONIC MR BOUNCER HELP....THINK THAT YOU HAVE 8 ICE CREAMS AND

YOU ARE 4 KIDS...WE NEED AN ANSWER...

HOW MANY ICE CREAMS WILL GET EACH

FRIEND....NOW YOU WILL LEARN NO MATTER WHAT

HOW TO DIVIDE 8 BETWEEN YOURSELVES:

4 KIDS...YEAH!

.MENTALLY YOU WILL GET AN ANSWER

NO MATTER WHAT..AND YOU

DON'T WANT TO GET CHEATED 8/4=?? OF COURSE 2!

OR YOU WANT TO TO GET JUST

A MISERABLE POPSICLE? NO WAY!!


In our kind of easy example, we have to find the quotient for 356/5...by now you now that the divisor is number 5 and the dividend is the long number, in this case 356. We have to find the quotient plus a possible Reminder R. Let's keep working with some colors and graphical steps

The first step is try to work it out between the divisor and the dividend. we start with the first two digits on the dividend... common sense already told us that 3 ( from the dividend) by itself cannot be divided by 5. So, the numbers in red are suggesting that we divided 35 by divisor 5 and got our first quotient, which is number 7. Most of the subtractions are done under the dividend who is being broken apart by divisor 5, who is already furious in doing this division for free.

The remainder of 35 minus 35 (5X7) is zero...now we bring down number six as shown by the vertical arrow. All we have to do is a simple division between 6 and 5. Of course, the only choice is number 1( blue colors steps) . We subtract 6 minus 5 and we have number 1, which is our final remainder for the quotient 71. I chose this medium size division in order to build your confidence and lay out a good foundation for bigger numbers like 5695/13... which takes a little more of the steps we just did.

So, doing a usual recap.

356 DIVIDED BY NUMBER 5 IS 71 WITH A REMAINDER OF 1.

Remember to check the answer and do the opposite operation which includes adding and multiplying

5x71+1=?

355+1=356

Time to get me a popsicle for free!

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  • Lord De Cross profile imageAUTHOR

    Joseph De Cross 

    6 years ago from New York

    Sure thought! No problem!

    LORD

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    ThoughtSandwiches 

    6 years ago from Reno, Nevada

    Hi Lord...

    I could have certainly used you in the second grade. Thanks for the clarity. Would you mind terribly if I use you now and link to this little gem in a future Hub?

    Thomas

  • Lord De Cross profile imageAUTHOR

    Joseph De Cross 

    6 years ago from New York

    HI Cristina, I appreciate your comments and hope to do the same with your useful hubs.

    LORD

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    Maria Cristina Aquino Santander 

    6 years ago from Manila

    Nice hub. There is clarity in presenting this instruction. Graders will find it easy to understand. Thank you for posting this. I wish you a great day. Regards.

  • Lord De Cross profile imageAUTHOR

    Joseph De Cross 

    6 years ago from New York

    Hi KITTY,

    I missed my call.. to be a math teacher. But hey!, It feels good to help these kids, who at 8, 9 years old have to really face this monster, who knows no colors and no gender. I'm in the process of developing more 'shortcuts' for them and maybe get paid to help my fellow man. Thanks again kitty.

    LORD

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    Nicole Canfield 

    6 years ago from Summerland

    Wonderful math tips, yet again Lord. Are you a math teacher? Wish these were around when I was in school! :)

  • Lord De Cross profile imageAUTHOR

    Joseph De Cross 

    6 years ago from New York

    THANKS SEEKER7..I APPRECIATE YOUR COMMENT

    LORD

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    Helen Murphy Howell 

    6 years ago from Fife, Scotland

    This is excellent. I was always a dumbo at maths when at school and the teacher was frightening and had no patience with pupils who didn't click on right away. So this left me with a very negative view of mathematics. I wish we had had the internet way back then, I could have read your hub and been inspired!!! Many thanks for sharing this wonderful hub.

  • Lord De Cross profile imageAUTHOR

    Joseph De Cross 

    6 years ago from New York

    Terri,

    AEvans is very jealous of his brother, lol! but I always welcome your comments. As I said, if any kid under 10 need of this hub, then I will cosidered myself accomplished .Thanks again!

    LORD

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    Terishere 

    6 years ago

    Another great hub on Math!! Voted up and useful!

    Great work Lord

    Terri

  • Lord De Cross profile imageAUTHOR

    Joseph De Cross 

    6 years ago from New York

    You are welcome Elissa Joyce,

    My main goal is to reach these young kids who struggle every day with this monster called math. Hope they like the humour in it

    LORD

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    Elissa Joyce 

    6 years ago from US

    Great Hub! thanks for share this useful hub, Voted up.

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