Date: Feb 23, 1995 4:57 PM
Author: David Scott Powell
Subject: long division
I have found this discusion quite interesting but I think some people are

missing some important aspects. How about why this algorithm works and

what is really going on? Can we expect young students to really find long

division worth doing if there is no thought about why it works? I would

say definitely not!! Wether the algorithm is important or not is beside

the point the point is why not have a little understanding about division

first? Just because most of us were subjected to this by some elementary

teachers who might have been poorly equiped to handle anything but the

mechanics of the algorithm(I think this would be a little better now a

days) doesn't mean we can't try to delve deeper into the underlying

concepts first and then let the need for the algorithm come out naturally.

Some things to ponder.

scott.

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