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Understanding Divisors and Divisible Numbers in High School Math

The word fleur de sel is one that can elicit both nostalgic and romantic feelings. However, this age-old symbol has a rather mixed history. Most people think of this age as a time in history when the French revolution swept through every part of France, ending in total social upheaval. This movement also included the introduction of several symbols and icons from other countries to add meaning to the French way of life. Fleur de sel has been interpreted by different people since medieval times.

Around puberty, teenage egoism emerges, greatly affecting how 11-year-olds feel about themselves. There are basically two elements of egoism at this stage: the private imaginary audience (in which your kid believes that he is being noticed and cared for intensely) and the private personal fable (in which your kid believes that his unique experiences and opinions are being appreciated and understood). If you observe kids between the ages of eleven and thirteen, you will see that these young people have their own ideal images of themselves. These images are mostly influenced by what they see in the media, books, and films. When these images or ideals about themselves start to fade away, the teenager then starts to experience a sense of insecurity and loneliness. This then triggers the need for rejuvenation and self-improvement.

During the early middle school years, many new ways of thinking and new ways of being come into play. One of them was the evolution of ideas about love, friendship, and other such aspects of daily life. Many parents would send their children to public or private schools during this period. While the majority of middle school students were still focused on their academic goals, there was a noticeable change towards more socialization.

For example, during the mid-to late 1960’s the “Afro,” “Line,” and associated styles began to be viewed as hip. By the early eighties, “colored” became a completely separate term from the older term “colored.” And finally in the late eighties, “minorities” became a completely new term altogether. At this point, there were a large number of African American and Hispanic youngsters who were entering the classroom. Their numbers were steadily rising and the focus on them was changing from the negative stereotypes of the previous decade to a more positive direction.

It is important to remember that many different people experience and view time differently. We see it as a progression, not an event. Therefore, the way that time is perceived by students entering the classroom, at the age they are entering it, and at the age they leave it all depends on the perceptions and experiences of the individuals entering the classroom. In essence, the eleven-digit divisor system can be viewed as a starting point for the concept of numerical reasoning. As the kids progress through the learning process, they will learn how to multiply, add, and divide the numbers into their denominators and decimals.

The basic method of teaching multiplication is not the same at all grade levels. In elementary math, multiplication is taught using formulas that actually work for any number, regardless of its size. When the student learns to multiply by ten, for example, the student has already mastered one of the most basic steps in the subject. In high school, a similar formula can be used to multiply by twenty, thirty, and fifty. Thus, by the time the student reaches senior year, she already possesses the foundation necessary for advanced mathematics classes.

A similar foundation is available to students when they first enter the classroom, and it is even more valuable when the student moves into middle school. Middle school math will include topics such as addition, subtraction, division, and multiplication. These concepts will be worked out in terms of larger numbers, but they will still require simple division of smaller units. Thus, a student who has learned to multiply by ten will be able to divide a cake into two bowls, one with icing and one without. In addition, a student who has learned to divide a football into 18 equal halves will have learned her basic concepts and can use this information throughout the rest of her high school education.

A student who has been taught to divide a cake into bowls may know the answer to the following question: What is the area (in square inches) which contains the amount of cupcakes which are in each bowl? If she cannot answer this question using the divisor method, or if she cannot translate her answer into an easy to find calculator, then she has not completely grasped the concept of how to multiply a divisible number. It is impossible to undersell the value of learning a basic method of multiplying a divisible number. When a student understands the division of a number into prime numbers, she will know how to solve problems involving multiplication. Thus, the basics of algebraic equations are very important to every student.