Check out David Klein and R. James Milgram's article, “The Role of Long Division in the K-12 Curriculum”.
- It is an efficient way of doing successive subtractions.
- It correctly converts fractions to decimals.
- It explains what a real number is.
- It is used in algebra (polynomials).
- It is used in calculus (partial fraction decomposition to integrate rational functions).
- It is used in differential equations (Laplace transforms).
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