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"The TOC Navigator"--the newsletter of The Objectivist Center The Math Wars, Conceptual Thinking, and Traditional Algorithms By David S.
The traditional approach (or algorithm) for large number division is the most abstract and difficult approach to division. Yet many adults think it is the approach. Take a simple problem like 7,248 divided by 3 and try to explain the traditional method: three goes into seven twice, write down the two over the seven, multiply two times three and write the answer, six, under the seven, then subtract six from seven.