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Partial Quotients Division Method

In this lesson, we will learn how to divide using the partial quotients method.

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How to use the Partial Quotient Method

The partial quotients method (sometimes also called chunking) uses repeated subtraction to solve simple division questions.

When dividing a large number (dividend) by a small number (divisor)

  • Subtract from the dividend an easy multiple (for example 100×, 10×, 5× 2×, etc.) of the divisor.
  • Repeat the subtraction until the large number has been reduced to zero or the remainder is less than the divisor.
  • Add up the multiples of the divisor that were used in the repeated subtraction to find the answer of the division.

This is a demonstration to help parents teach or assist in using partial quotients division at home

Demonstration of the partial quotients division method

Everyday Math Partial Quotients Algorithm


How to divide numbers using the partial quotients algorithm. Getting used to this method could help you mentally compute lots of real-world problems.

Everyday Math Partial Quotients Division Method with Whole Numbers

Outline of partial quotients

The Lattice method of multiplication and the Partial Quotients method of Division.


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