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How to divide using the Partial Quotients 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)

Step 1: Subtract from the dividend an easy multiple (for example 100×, 10×, 5× 2×, etc.) of the divisor.
Step 2: Repeat the subtraction until the large number has been reduced to zero or the remainder is less than the divisor.
Step 3: Add up the multipliers of the divisor that were used in the repeated subtraction to find the answer of the division.

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Partial Quotients Division

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Getting used to this method could help you mentally compute lots of real-world problems.
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