Educational math application Long Division 1.0 released

Independent developer Esa Helttula today released a new educational math app for iPhone and iPod touch. It is the first long division app in the iTunes App Store. The app can be used to teach and study the long division method.

The Long Division Method Step by Step:
The long division method is the standard procedure for dividing numbers. The method breaks down a division problem into a series of easier steps. The Long Division app allows the user to solve long division problems step by step and animates all the steps. In the steps the user will divide, multiply or subtract. The correct answer will fly to the right place.

The Interface Supports Learning:
If the user presses the wrong button the answer will appear above the keyboard but it will not move. "Because no wrong entries are allowed the app provides a passive form of positive reinforcement and your child will likely improve in both confidence and competence with respect to the procedure", said assistant professor of mathematics education Tim Pelton in his review of Column Subtraction, a sister app of Long Division that uses the same kind of input method.

Solving long division problems is also excellent subtraction and times tables practice. The app is easy to use and it has an intuitive interface with customizable colors and other settings.

The app has the following settings:

  • The dividend can have up to 5 digits
  • The divisor can have 1 or 2 digits
  • The current operation for each step can be hidden
  • The operands for the current operation can be highlighted
  • There are 3 different themes: black, gray and gold
  • The speed of the animations can be set

This is a new app in a series of popular educational math apps for iPhone. My other mathematics apps are Long Multiplication, Column Addition and Column Subtraction.

Device Requirements:
iPhone or iPod touch 3.0 or later

Pricing and Availability:
Long Division 1.0 is only $0.99 (USD) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Education category.


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