May 30, 2023


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Resourceaholic: Easy Multiples

Resourceaholic: Easy Multiples

In 2018 I resolved to create a series of short posts about approaches or techniques that lecturers might not have found before. When I share these posts, I am very well conscious that there will be quite a few people who by now know the issue I am blogging about, but I figured that it can be continue to well worth sharing even if it really is only new to a handful of individuals. My very first put up in this sequence was about using vectors for enlargements and my next write-up was about factorising by inspection. I then acquired genuinely occupied creating my guide, and did not insert to this blog put up series for 4 years! Oops. So now I’m relaunching the collection with a incredibly basic small ‘trick’ (not a trick at all, just maths).

My Calendar year 6 daughter has lately learnt extensive division. To be obvious on what I’m referring to, long division appears to be like this:

Whilst ‘short division’ appears like this (this is sometimes colloquially referred to as a ‘bus end method’):

The only variance amongst the two approaches is that in small division we operate out the remainders in our head and jot them down in the dividend, but in extended division we perform out the remainders on paper in a a lot more structured structure. If your divisor is higher than twelve (for case in point if you’re dividing by 28) then it may be difficult to operate out remainders in your head, so that is ordinarily when the very long division format might be preferred. But they’re primarily the exact same system, just with a marginally unique structure for processing the calculations.

It was amusing to see my daughter finding out long division as it’s anything that I basically never instruct in secondary faculty. I was delighted with myself for remembering how it operates. For quite a few pupils it exists in Yr 6 by yourself, by no means to be found once again. A common Key Phase 2 SATs concern could possibly appear like this:

But one thing like this is really not likely to arrive up at GCSE. College students do sometimes have to do divisions by hand in their non-calculator GCSE test (an case in point is revealed down below, from the Basis tier), but I assume most students would choose to use brief division.

Some people today argue that the prolonged division algorithm is utilized yet again when pupils study algebraic division in Calendar year 12. This could have been the circumstance 10 yrs ago, but I think that most(?) A stage lecturers now favor extra intuitive procedures of polynomial division, like the aspect process proven underneath for example. 

So for the most element, very long division resides entirely in Year 6. And my daughter, who is in the ‘middle’ group for maths, was coping fine with it, but she explained to me that she finds it challenging to generate out the multiples at the start. For case in point when she’s dividing by 28, she’s been instructed to start out by crafting out some multiples of 28. She finds this time-consuming, a little bit tough, and rather uninteresting.

But do not be concerned, because there’s a really simple way to generate out the multiples of 28. My colleague Sian confirmed me this – she picked it up a number of a long time back from her daughter’s Calendar year 6 trainer. I showed my daughter, who liked it – she was then able to grasp prolonged division as she’d discovered a way spherical the tough little bit.

To promptly and effortlessly write out the multiples of 28, just produce the multiples of 20 and the multiples of 8 and insert them with each other:

As prolonged as the kid is aware of their typical times tables fairly perfectly, listing the two sets of multiples is clear-cut. And the addition is fairly simple way too, as they are generally incorporating to a numerous of 10.

This is an additional example: multiples of 17.

This may already be actually broadly utilised by Calendar year 6 academics. But in situation any person hadn’t thought about this tremendous simple way of listing multiples, I believed it worthy of sharing listed here. As I’ve always stated, even if it just helps a single person then it is really really worth having the time to compose about it.