I'm trying to explain the polynom division step whise so I'm using the polynom package for that. Now if I just want to show the beginning of the polynom division this pops up:

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And here's the code:

\documentclass[a4paper, 12pt]{scrartcl}

% =============
% Packages 
% =============
\usepackage[T1]{fontenc}                % west european chars
\usepackage{amsmath, amsthm, amssymb}   % math symbols

\polylongdiv[stage=1, style=C, div=:]{x^2}{x + 1}

As you can see I set stage to 1 but the fraction is still displayed! How can I hide it? Because in the next line I increase stage step by step and it's a little bit "weird" if you can see the fraction already in the beginning.

1 Answer 1


That seems to be standard for style C. You can see at http://ctan.math.washington.edu/tex-archive/macros/latex/contrib/polynom/polydemo.pdf how the other styles look and perhaps one of the others is more to your liking (style A is how I always taught polynomial long division).

  • In school we are doing the polynomial division like in style C. I wasn't even aware that there are multiple types of polynomial division.
    – TornaxO7
    Dec 31, 2020 at 22:37
  • It's all the same polynomial division, it's just different ways to organize the information.
    – Teepeemm
    Sep 20, 2022 at 18:12

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