Division is a core life skill. Calculating the fraction someone is owed or should receive — for instance when splitting a check or dividing the costs of a trip — is a mathematical challenge you are likely to encounter on an almost daily basis.

Long division sounds scary, but it’s not. This instructable will teach you how to find the answer to a division problem, also known as the quotient. It will also teach you how to solve division problems that have remainders. You won’t need a calculator, and you will be able to show your work. You’ll not only be able to complete any worksheet for school, you’ll always be prepared and confident when you have to split a check three ways.

Step 1: Things You'll Need

There are three different "methods" that I will be teaching you. To learn all of the methods you will need a pencil and lots of paper. You may also want to have a calculator to double-check your answers.

<p>I'm a 31 year old mechanical engineer with 3 years of work experience and a part time graduate student studying thermal and fluid dynamic systems modeling....and just now learned about step 4. Never knew you could get actual decimals from this method of division rather than just remainders.</p>
Don't skip school or you'll be a 30 year old ignorant idiot like myself, having to lookup math instructions online. Go to school and learn kids, you've got the rest of your life to make the wrong decisions. Don't fck up in school.
<p>i am in 6th grade and even after reading this i still cant devide we even got teachers for me i rock at every thing in math but jut no divison</p>
Don't feel bad, I'm 30 and have to relearn this crap. I chose to party and skip school instead of learning so now I'm a 30 year old ignorant idiot. Please don't be like me, go to school and pay attention. You have the rest of your life to screw up after school.
<p>can you spell correctly xD </p>
<p>I forgot how to divide and I have always sucked at long division...........</p><p>so it kinda took me a while to get this down I have always succeeded past school expectations so i need this to remember how again so thank you for this</p>
<p>High school graduate of 2 years and forgot how to divide.. Thank you so much for the reminder</p>
I'm in 7th grade forgot how to divide and now I don't have to worry thanks
Thanks, in 7th grade and forgot how to divide, but managed to skim through skool till' now, thanks again!
<p>i forget how to divide like every school year which is weird bc i love division</p>
<p>you're not the only one, im in 9th :)</p>
<p>I'm in 10th grade.. I've been making it in school so far. I used to be so good at math.. I'm not sure what happened. I still am, but I just don't know how to divide, multiply large numbers, or add/subtract. I feel almost ashamed of myself. <br><br>Give me any geometry or algebra questions and I'll be able to solve them. But I can't do these... </p>
me tooo i forgot and i cant find out howw?!!!
Thax help me alot
Thanks helped me alot
<p>I'm looking for how to make the remainder into a decimal =/</p>
Do you know how the divid decimals<br>
Are you going to help or not so I can get some one
<p>Thanks, even though I'm still in 7th I never knew how to divide. I was good at evrything else but division just was too hard for me to explain and I was embarrassed to ask my teacher because everyone already knows how to. Since I couldn't i searched this up and some comments helped so yeah, I guess it makes some things easier, but not when your in advance math and have to do algebra and geometry</p>
1100000 Divided By 6250
<p>9 DIVIDED BY 27?</p>
My thoughts exactly.
LOL.... it take me a minutes before i got &quot;.75.....
<p>can you help me</p>
<p>oh.!! now i know how to divide now.. :) thanks for helping me.. :)</p>
<p>so much for passing my math test</p>
<p>so much 4 passing 8th grad so hard i faild a &quot;simple&quot; divison test i am now failing cant do math passing every thing eles</p>
<p>I'm horrible I cant even do this lol</p>
<p>wow, its not funny, its just terrifying that you cant do simple division. You absolute retard</p>
<p>aww man, this is the same way they taught me at school and I still don't get it D: so much for passing the 5th grade, or getting any recess, my homework is 37 devision problems, and 10 more on the back</p>
<p>thank you it helped </p>
how to divide 3.0 and 4?????? <br>
<p>3 goes into 4 one time 3 times 1 =3 minus for =1</p><p>so it is 1r1 or 1.33</p>
<p>this helping me so much cause I'm in 7th grade and I forgot how to divide so I'm really struggling in math </p>
thank u i couldnt do it and now i can have my test friday let u know how i get on yhank u<br>
i dont understand step 4 with decimal
Thank you too who ever made this article. <br>I'm in 8th grade and i forgot how too divide once i got in a car accident . .<br>Well this has really helped me lots
lol in my problem the number outside the square thingy is larger than the number in the square thingy... 7 wouldn't fit into 8!
Also I think you forgot to say (Or did I read over this?) what to do if the divisor is bigger than the first number of the dividend. Eg. 27 Divided by 9.
With all due respect to the author, I think he/she has overlooked the fact that if you do not know how to divide, then even the answer of &quot;1&quot; in the simple step of <br>&quot;8 divided by 7 = 1&quot; is NOT self-explanatory. (Step 2, #4) That could be why people are googling &quot;how to divide&quot; in the first place, because the concept escapes them.<br><br>To simplify the expression of plain division into &quot;layman's logic&quot; (this assumes you know how to add, subtract, and multiply):<br>- For 8 divided by 7, place 8 inside the box, 7 outside<br>-Ask yourself: How many 7's can fit in an 8?<br>-OR ask: What number multiplied by 7 gets me the closest to 8, or equal to 8?<br>-The answer to both questions is 1. Then you can move on to the next steps :)<br><br>Now that we have that out, there is an alternative way to deal with the decimal example in Step 4 (Dividing with Decimals): (Hopefully this provide more clarity on how to arrive at the &quot;.75&quot;)<br><br><br>1) Given the author's example in Step 4 (127 divided by 4),<br><br>2) Do as told, UNTIL you get to Step 8 where it states &quot;Subtract 7 and 4 to get 3&quot;<br><br>3) Now, instead of Step 9 where you create &quot;3.0&quot;, just drop down a 0 so &quot;3&quot; becomes &quot;30&quot;. Indicate this by adding the decimal after 31 just like in the original tutorial such that your quotient (the number on top of the bar) reads &quot;31.&quot;<br><br>4) Continue long division, by asking yourself:<br>-I have 4 outside the box<br>-I have 30 inside the box<br>-What number multiplied by 4 equals a number that is closest to 30, or equal to 30? (Trial and error, or memorization) The answer is 7<br><br>5) 4 x 7 = 28. Place &quot;7&quot; after &quot;31.&quot; so the quotient now reads &quot;31.7&quot;<br><br>6) 7 x 4 = 28, which I place under 30<br><br>7) 30 minus 28 = 2<br><br>8) 2 is less than 4 (your divisor), so again, drop a 0 (no need to add another decimal to indicate this after you've done it the first time)<br><br>9) Now you have 4 outside the box, and 20 inside<br><br>10) What number multiplied by 4 is closest to 20, or equal to 20?<br><br>11) 5, because 4 x 5 = 20!<br><br>12) You add &quot;5&quot; after &quot;31.7&quot; and have the answer: &quot;31.75&quot; :)<br><br>I've attached a sketch (only the last 3 or 4 steps are different) from the tutorial<br><br>Hope this helps!
Chuck Norris can divide by zero!
o also hoo no how 2 divide 8 into 40?
this didnt help me!can any1 pleez help a lil better cuz i still haz no idea!!!=P
This helped a lot, gonna keep practicing all day on this website till my test tmrmw :) Lincoln tech here I come.
oops 17.36 divided by 0.01 PLZ&nbsp;I&nbsp;NEED&nbsp;HELP
i had a test to day and i was stuck on a question. it was 0,01 divide by 17.36&nbsp;(Something like that)&nbsp;and im not sure if i what to do with the zeros like if i should do 001-173 or if i can just drop the zeros and do 1-1

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