The mnemonic device Ducks Swim Backwards Regularly can help you remember the steps of this long division algorithm.
This method is effective for solving problems with large dividends.

Let’s take a look at an example… :

Let’s take a look at an example… 2901 – 3
or
3 2901

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Which number is which? ?
3 2901 Divisor Dividend Quotient Divisor = The number of groups you break the dividend into.
Dividend = The number that is to be divided.
Quotient = Your solution.

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D ivide 3 2901 Step 1: Divide
Can 2 divide into 3 groups? No

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D ivide x
3 2901 Step 1: Divide
Can 2 divide into 3 groups? No
Write an x above the 2 digit in 2,901 to hold the place value.

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D ivide x
3 2901 Step 1: Divide
Can 29 divide into 3 groups? Yes

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D ivide x9
3 2901 Step 1: Divide
Can 29 divide into 3 groups? Yes
29 divides into 3
9 times
Write 9 above the 9 digit in the dividend.

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M ultiply x9
3 2901 Step 2: Multiply
3 x 9 = ?

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M ultiply x9
2901
27 Step 2: Multiply
3 x 9 = ?
3 x 9 = 27
Write 27 under the 29.

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S ubtract x9
2901
- 27 Step 3: Subtract
Subtract 27 from 29.

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S ubtract x9
2901
- 27
2 Step 3: Subtract
Subtract 27 from 29.
Write the 2 in the correct place value.

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Is your difference larger than your divisor? 2 (the difference) < 3 (the divisor) so we can continue. Phew! If your difference is larger than your divisor, then stop and go back!
Check your original division.
You can make another group with your dividend.

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B ring Down x9
2901
- 27
2 Step 4: Bring Down
Bring down the next digit of the dividend.

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B ring Down x9
2901
- 27
20 Step 4: Bring Down
Bring down the next digit of the dividend.

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R epeat x9
2901
- 27
20 Step 5: Repeat
Start the process again.

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D ivision x9
2901
- 27
20 Step 5: Repeat
1.) Divide:
Can 20 divide into 3 groups? Yes

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D ivision x96
2901
- 27
20 Step 5: Repeat
1.) Divide:
Can 20 divide into 3 groups? Yes
20 divides into 3 6 times
Write 6 above the 0 digit in the dividend.

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M ultiply x96
2901
- 27
20 Step 5: Repeat
2.) Multiply:
3 x 6 = ?

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M ultiply x96
2901
- 27
20
18 Step 5: Repeat
2.) Multiply:
3 x 6 = ?
3 x 6 = 18
Write 18 below the 20.

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S ubtract x96
2901
- 27
20
- 18 Step 5: Repeat
3.) Subtract:
Subtract 18 from 20.

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S ubtract x96
2901
- 27
20
- 18
2 Step 5: Repeat
3.) Subtract:
Subtract 18 from 20.
Write the 2 in the correct place value.

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B ring Down x96
2901
- 27
20
- 18
21 Step 5: Repeat
4.) Bring Down:
Bring down the next digit of the dividend.

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R epeat x96
2901
- 27
20
- 18
21 Step 5: Repeat
Repeat the process again.

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D ivide x96
2901
- 27
20
- 18
21 Step 5: Repeat
1. Divide:
Can 21 divide into 3? Yes

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D ivide x967
2901
- 27
20
- 18
21 Step 5: Repeat
1. Divide:
Can 21 divide into 3? Yes
21 divides into 3
7 times.
Write 7 above the 1 in the dividend.

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M ultiply x967
2901
- 27
20
- 18
21 Step 5: Repeat
2: Multiply
3 x 7 = ?
3 x 7 = 21

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S ubtract x967
2901
- 27
20
- 18
21 Step 5: Repeat
2: Subtract
Subtract 21 from 21.
The difference is 0.

A difference of 0 means that we have divided the divisor evenly into the dividend. :

A difference of 0 means that we have divided the divisor evenly into the dividend. In short…we’re finished!

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Solution x967
2901
- 27
20
- 18
21 2901 – 3 = 967

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Now that you have learned an algorithm for long division, there are a few things you must remember…
Division is sharing a number of items to find out how many equal groups can be made, or how many items would be in each group.
It is just as important to understand what division is as it is to be able to use this algorithm.
And…
This is only one of the methods for long division. There are other methods that you can use.

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D ivide
M ultiply
S ubtract
B ring Down
R epeat

Slide 36:

D ucks
M ay
S wim
B ackwards
R egularly

Good Luck! :

Good Luck!

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