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Dividing Numbers

Math division separates a number into equal quantities. The resulting number is equal portion to the number divided. The number divided is the dividend, the number dividing is the divisor. It is based on repetitive subtraction and is the opposite of multiplication.

Properties of Division

a) Division symbol:

    A “/ ” slash,

    A solid horizontal line with the dividend above and the divisor below,

    A Tableau,

    A “÷” (Obelus).

b) Division by zero is undefined, never divide by zero (5/0 is undefined).

c) The result of division by 1 is equal to the number divided: 5/1 = 5.

d) Division Sign:

    A positive number divided by a positive number is positive,

    A positive number divided by a negative number is negative,

    A negative number divided by a negative number is positive.

e) The result of division is its quotient.

Division is the math process to quantify how many times a number separates or splits another number.

Long Division

Long division is a simple and convenient method to divide positive whole number integers. It is the first math division method that most of us learn.

Simple division without remainders:

Suppose we have 60 apples and 5 baskets. How many apples should be placed in each basket so that each basket has the same number of apples?

5 / 60

- 50

10

- 10

0

 12 R 0

Quotient - result of division.

Tableau - a division symbol.

50 = 5 • 10

10 = 5 • 2

Remainder is 0.

Place 12 Apples in each basket.

Long division steps:

Find the greatest whole number that 5 can be multiplied resulting in a product less than or equal to 6; (5 • 1 = 5). Write the 5 beneath the 6 of the dividend and place a minus sign in front of the 5.

5 / 60

- 5

1

5 / 60

- 50

Place multiplier of 5, the 1, as the first digit of the quotient.

Place a 0 after the five for each digit of the dividend.

1

5 / 60

- 50

10

Subtract the 50 from the dividend 60.

Find the highest number that 5 can be multiplied that  results in a product less than or equal to 10; (5 • 2 = 10)

12

5 / 60

- 50

10

- 10

Place the 5 multiplier, the 2, as the second digit of the quotient.

Write the result 10 with a minus sign.

12

5 / 60

- 50

10

- 10

0

The remainder 0 is less than the divisor 5. The math division is complete.

Subtract the 10 from the 10.

12 R 0

5 / 60

- 50

10

- 10

0

Write the remainder in the quotient.

Using short division we do math operations in our head:

(10 • 5) + (2 • 5) = 50 + 10 = 60

10 + 2 = 12

60 ÷ 5 = 12

Division with remainders:

  6 R 12

14 / 96

- 84

12

The negative of 14 • 6.

Remainder 12 is less than divisor 14.

Division with remainders steps:

  1. Find the highest number that 14 can be multiplied that results in a product less than or equal to 96; 14 • 6 = 84.
  2. Subtract 84 from 96: 96 - 84 = 12.
  3. The remainder is 12, it is less than the divisor of 14.

The above division remainder is identified as “R”. This is elementary division. The remainder is actually a fractional quantity: To convert to fraction form; take the remainder and divide it by the divisor, therefore, 12/14. The answer is then written as (6 + 12/14) or reduced to (6 6/7 ).

Using Short Division

96/14 = 6 R 12 = 6 + 12/14 = 6 6/7

Remainder is stated as a fraction.

236/12 = 19 R 8 = 19 + 8/12 = 19 2/3

Dividing Mixed Numbers

A mixed number is an integer combined with a fraction.

To divide mixed numbers the integer value must be combined into the fraction. The numerator will be larger than the denominator, an improper fraction.

1 3/4 = (4/4) + (3/4) = 7/4

Seven can now be divided by four.

7/4 =

  1 R 3 = 1 3/4

4 / 7

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