Numbers: Getting to grips with division
Numbers: Getting to grips with division

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Numbers: Getting to grips with division

6 Dividing on paper

If the numbers you want to divide are too large for you to do the calculation in your head, you can use a calculator. Alternatively, you can do the calculation on paper. In the example below, click on each step in turn to see how to divide 126 by 6.

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Click on ‘Reveal discussion’ to see all the individual steps at once.

Discussion

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This division was straightforward because the dividing number (6) was less than 10 and the calculation at each stage worked out exactly, with no remainder. But what do you do if, at a particular stage, you end up with a remainder? This requires an extra step called carrying, which is explained in the next section.

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