So how is it that synthetic division was a nightmare, and when I put up a division problem, nobody can do it. But when I ask “is (x-2) a factor of (x^4 – 2x^3 + 3x^2 – 5x + 4)?” there are no problems doing synthetic division to find out if the remainder is 0?

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Well, I'm interested in math. Teaching it, learning it, describing it, living it. Creating it. Most importantly (to me) is helping others appreciate it as much as I do.

Because division for it’s own sake seems painful and pointless. I get the similar reactions with both synthetic and long division when I bring it up in calculus when we’re integrating rational functions. Motivation makes all the difference.