 What the actual fork have they done to maths?!

# Thread: What the actual fork have they done to maths?!

1. ## What the actual fork have they done to maths?!

My son is in Year 6 and I think in old money it would be called long division but I have just been shown "the bus stop method" and although it works, it just seems crazy!  Reply With Quote

2. ## I have always been rubbish at long division. How does this method work?  Reply With Quote

3. ## Looks like it is just long division but skipping the part where you show your workings so relies on better mental arithmetic.  Reply With Quote

4. ##  Originally Posted by ladymuck I have always been rubbish at long division. How does this method work?
You tap the person in front of you in the queue and ask them to do it...  Reply With Quote

5. ## The bus stop method seems to be just long division with carry (or something like that) that I learnt decades ago.

https://www.twinkl.co.uk/teaching-wiki/bus-stop-method

This one is popular and new. I was taught it by a trainee teacher last year.

Japanese multiplication method

Of the Japanese method I thought well that is interesting and my youngest understood it.  Reply With Quote

6. ## According to Twinkl, that method is “short division”: Originally Posted by Twinkl
This method is also known as short division. Once children have mastered this, they can move on to long division.  Reply With Quote

7. ##  Originally Posted by ladymuck I have always been rubbish at long division. How does this method work?
As explained to me, you find the biggest number that can be divided by the divisor, sub tract that from the total and keep going, so the question we have just done.

Code:
```8729 / 7

subtract 7707 (1101 * 7)

1022

subtract 700 (100 * 7)

322

subtract 210 (30 * 7

122

subtract 70 (10 * 7)

42

subtract 42 (6 * 7)

1101 + 100 + 30 + 10 + 6 = 1247```  Reply With Quote

8. ## I follow the scootie contrarian method of long multiplication.  Reply With Quote

9. ##  Originally Posted by SimonMac As explained to me, you find the biggest number that can be divided by the divisor, sub tract that from the total and keep going, so the question we have just done.

Code:
```8729 / 7

subtract 7707 (1101 * 7)

1022

subtract 700 (100 * 7)

322

subtract 210 (30 * 7

122

subtract 70 (10 * 7)

42

subtract 42 (6 * 7)

1101 + 100 + 30 + 10 + 6 = 1247```
Interesting .... seems an overly complicated way of doing long division.

Sometimes, if it ain't broke, don't fix it And where's the graph, or it didn't happen   Reply With Quote

10. ##  Originally Posted by SimonMac As explained to me, you find the biggest number that can be divided by the divisor, sub tract that from the total and keep going, so the question we have just done.

Code:
```8729 / 7

subtract 7707 (1101 * 7)

1022

subtract 700 (100 * 7)

322

subtract 210 (30 * 7

122

subtract 70 (10 * 7)

42

subtract 42 (6 * 7)

1101 + 100 + 30 + 10 + 6 = 1247```  Reply With Quote