Long Division Simplified Oct 2021

Long division with messy numbers?

Try short division instead -- far simpler !!

I found this recently.

MacTutor Aitken Excerpt

I illustrate below with a couple examples.

Problem 1
Problem 1
Problem 2
Problem 2
References

Dr. Aitken was both a mathematician and a mental calculator. His prowess is described in the first link below (about halfway down the page).

https://mathshistory.st-andrews.ac.uk/HistTopics/Mental_arithmetic/

And here’s a second link — well worth reading.

https://cowles.yale.edu/sites/default/files/files/pub/d17/d1750.pdf

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