282.  Hi, my name is Sarah and I need help with long division and I knew I can count on you so if you get a chance to e-mail me and make me an example how to do long division.  Can you e-mail me at 6:00 please.  thank you

Hi, Sarah!!!  How wonderful that you are so devoted to learning and so motivated to ask!!!!   THANKS for visiting my Web Sites!!!!

While I do not answer questions from children --my Web Sites are for Teachers, and Parents, and School personnel in general, I will try to help you as best I can!!!

When you get a division problem,

For example:     25 divided by 5,
the question that the problem asks is:

How many groups of 5 are there in 25?

So, you have to find the number of groups
--each group having the same number of items in it-- into which you can evenly divide
the total amount of items you are given.

Thus, let's say, I am given the total amount of 25 items.
I need to find the number of groups I can evenly divide 25 items
So that each group has 5 items in it.

The answer is 5 -- There are 5 groups of 5 items each into which I can evenly divided a total number of 25 items.

Try these division problems by asking the question and finding the answer, just as I showed you above:

33 divided by 11  -- What is the question?
45 divided by 9    -- What is the question?
100 divided by 10
100 divided by 5
120 divided by 20
30 divided by 3
30 divided by 15
65 divided by 65

Now, long division asks the same question, just the numbers are larger.

For example:     2,222 divided by 2.

The question is:  Can you find the number of groups
--each group having the same number of items in it, that is, 2 items per group--
into which you can evenly divide the total amount you are given, that is 2,222 items?

The answer is: there are 1,111 groups of 2 items each into which you can divide the total number of 2,222 items.

Try

3,333 divided by 3  --
What is the question and the answer?
4,444 divided by 4
4,444 divided by 2
5,555 divided by 5
6,666 divided by 6
6,666 divided by 3
6,666 divided by 2

Here is another question: Can you find the number of groups
--each group having the same number of items in it, that is, 22 items per group--
into which you can evenly divide
the total amount you are given, that is 2,222 items?

The answer is: there are 101 groups of 22 items each into which you can divide the total number of 2,222 items.

Practice asking the question I showed you above and try finding the answer for these long division problems:

1000 divided by 10
1000 divided by 20
133,332 divided by 3
133,335 divided by 15

25 divided by 5 = 5        Thus, 5 X 5 = 25

Check your answers for all the above division questions by multiplying.   At this time you may wish to use a calculator.

That is exactly what the PROCESS of long division is all about:   a way of calculating by dividing and multiplying until you get your answer.   I wish I could help you further but you may need to use pencil and paper --instead of your computer, so that you can practice the PROCESS of long division.

BEST wishes!!!

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