December 7, 2022

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Resourceaholic: Easy Multiples

In 2018 I determined to produce a series of short posts about ways or techniques that lecturers might not have noticed prior to. When I share these posts, I am perfectly conscious that there will be quite a few people who presently know the factor I am blogging about, but I figured that it is still value sharing even if it truly is only new to a handful of folks. My initially submit in this sequence was about employing vectors for enlargements and my second publish was about factorising by inspection. I then bought seriously chaotic producing my reserve, and didn’t increase to this blog post collection for 4 years! Oops. So these days I’m relaunching the sequence with a pretty basic very little ‘trick’ (not a trick at all, just maths).

My 12 months 6 daughter has a short while ago learnt very long division. To be very clear on what I’m referring to, extensive division seems to be like this:

While ‘short division’ appears to be like this (this is from time to time colloquially referred to as a ‘bus quit method’):

The only variation concerning the two approaches is that in short division we do the job out the remainders in our head and jot them down in the dividend, but in extended division we operate out the remainders on paper in a far more structured structure. If your divisor is better than twelve (for example if you’re dividing by 28) then it could possibly be tough to do the job out remainders in your head, so that’s usually when the extensive division structure may well be most popular. But they are in essence the exact approach, just with a somewhat distinctive structure for processing the calculations.

It was humorous to see my daughter understanding lengthy division as it really is a thing that I pretty much by no means teach in secondary university. I was happy with myself for remembering how it works. For quite a few pupils it exists in 12 months 6 alone, in no way to be viewed all over again. A normal Vital Phase 2 SATs concern may possibly glance like this:

But a thing like this is highly not likely to appear up at GCSE. Pupils do sometimes have to do divisions by hand in their non-calculator GCSE exam (an instance is proven down below, from the Basis tier), but I think most learners would choose to use quick division.

Some men and women argue that the very long division algorithm is employed all over again when college students understand algebraic division in Calendar year 12. This may possibly have been the scenario 10 many years in the past, but I think that most(?) A stage teachers now like additional intuitive procedures of polynomial division, like the variable technique demonstrated below for illustration. 

So for the most component, extensive division resides only in 12 months 6. And my daughter, who is in the ‘middle’ group for maths, was coping high-quality with it, but she advised me that she finds it challenging to compose out the multiples at the begin. For illustration when she’s dividing by 28, she’s been advised to get started by producing out some multiples of 28. She finds this time-consuming, a little bit tough, and instead dull.

But don’t be concerned, mainly because there’s a really very simple way to produce out the multiples of 28. My colleague Sian showed me this – she picked it up a number of many years back from her daughter’s Calendar year 6 instructor. I confirmed my daughter, who loved it – she was then ready to master extended division as she’d observed a way spherical the tricky bit.

To swiftly and simply generate out the multiples of 28, just produce the multiples of 20 and the multiples of 8 and increase them collectively:

As extensive as the kid appreciates their common periods tables relatively nicely, listing the two sets of multiples is clear-cut. And the addition is rather uncomplicated as well, as they are often introducing to a multiple of ten.

This is an additional case in point: multiples of 17.

This may perhaps previously be genuinely extensively employed by Yr 6 academics. But in case anyone hadn’t believed about this super easy way of listing multiples, I thought it worth sharing right here. As I have often claimed, even if it just aids one person then it really is value getting the time to write about it.