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 lil blondie Joined: Jul 2009 Posts: 50 Junior Member
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division symbol
12-15-2009, 06:25 PM
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What do you call the symbol you use for long division that goes in front of and over the dividend?

 Retiredtchr6 Joined: Jun 2008 Posts: 735 Senior Member
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12-15-2009, 07:24 PM
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I call it the division box. We just studied in 4th grade Saxon, but I cna't remember what they called.

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gozinta
12-15-2009, 09:20 PM
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The consensus seems to be something like this answer from MathWorld--A Wolfram Web Resource. http://mathworld.wolfram.com/LongDivisionSymbol.html.

The symbol separating the dividend from the divisor in a long division problem that is drawn as a right parenthesis (or sometimes a straight vertical bar) with an attached viniculum extending to the right seems to have no established name of its own. It can therefore simply be termed the "long division symbol," or sometimes the division bracket.

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House
12-16-2009, 08:41 AM
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We refer to it as the house. As in, "What number goes inside the house?"

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Saxon calls it
12-16-2009, 08:43 AM
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the division box.

 lil blondie Joined: Jul 2009 Posts: 50 Junior Member
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a division term I can live with
12-16-2009, 12:10 PM
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Thanks everyone. I just wasn't happy saying "the carport." I suppose now I'll use "division box" or "division sign" but in my mind I'll be quoting Jethro Bodine and say, "gozinta."

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