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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.

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AmberW81 month ago

I'm looking for how to make the remainder into a decimal =/

Zaberk3 months ago

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

dkraja5 months ago
1100000 Divided By 6250
DonH35 months ago


mnmsmum8 months ago
My thoughts exactly.
jing19944 years ago
LOL.... it take me a minutes before i got ".75.....

can you help me

krisjades10 months ago

oh.!! now i know how to divide now.. :) thanks for helping me.. :)

LindaS3 made it!11 months ago

so much for passing my math test

rysucksatmath11 months ago

so much 4 passing 8th grad so hard i faild a "simple" divison test i am now failing cant do math passing every thing eles

Sstroup1411 months ago

I'm horrible I cant even do this lol

zoeG11 months ago

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

BeB112 months ago

thank you it helped

fkhokhar13 years ago
how to divide 3.0 and 4??????

3 goes into 4 one time 3 times 1 =3 minus for =1

so it is 1r1 or 1.33

this helping me so much cause I'm in 7th grade and I forgot how to divide so I'm really struggling in math

carz3 years ago
thank u i couldnt do it and now i can have my test friday let u know how i get on yhank u
tayia anne3 years ago
i dont understand step 4 with decimal
Thank you too who ever made this article.
I'm in 8th grade and i forgot how too divide once i got in a car accident . .
Well this has really helped me lots
nachos#14 years ago
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!
afigueroa44 years ago
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.
Syndikos4 years ago
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 "1" in the simple step of
"8 divided by 7 = 1" is NOT self-explanatory. (Step 2, #4) That could be why people are googling "how to divide" in the first place, because the concept escapes them.

To simplify the expression of plain division into "layman's logic" (this assumes you know how to add, subtract, and multiply):
- For 8 divided by 7, place 8 inside the box, 7 outside
-Ask yourself: How many 7's can fit in an 8?
-OR ask: What number multiplied by 7 gets me the closest to 8, or equal to 8?
-The answer to both questions is 1. Then you can move on to the next steps :)

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 ".75")

1) Given the author's example in Step 4 (127 divided by 4),

2) Do as told, UNTIL you get to Step 8 where it states "Subtract 7 and 4 to get 3"

3) Now, instead of Step 9 where you create "3.0", just drop down a 0 so "3" becomes "30". 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 "31."

4) Continue long division, by asking yourself:
-I have 4 outside the box
-I have 30 inside the box
-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

5) 4 x 7 = 28. Place "7" after "31." so the quotient now reads "31.7"

6) 7 x 4 = 28, which I place under 30

7) 30 minus 28 = 2

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)

9) Now you have 4 outside the box, and 20 inside

10) What number multiplied by 4 is closest to 20, or equal to 20?

11) 5, because 4 x 5 = 20!

12) You add "5" after "31.7" and have the answer: "31.75" :)

I've attached a sketch (only the last 3 or 4 steps are different) from the tutorial

Hope this helps!
127 divided by 4.jpg
ZeroXL914 years ago
Thanks, in 7th grade and forgot how to divide, but managed to skim through skool till' now, thanks again!
me tooo i forgot and i cant find out howw?!!!
Steamdnt6 years ago
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
Irisg.5 years ago
This helped a lot, gonna keep practicing all day on this website till my test tmrmw :) Lincoln tech here I come.
stoob5 years ago
oops 17.36 divided by 0.01 PLZ I NEED HELP
stoob5 years ago
i had a test to day and i was stuck on a question. it was 0,01 divide by 17.36 (Something like that) 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
trs42906 years ago
I have a question on the long divison with decimal when you divide the 3.0 and 4 to get 7.5 how exactly do you get the 7.5 im not to sure how to divide the 3.0 into the 4?
diciple trs42906 years ago
how do i divide 136 by 8.5
its 16
thanks, have a nice day :-)
it was very interesting. Now i know how to divide. Thanks a lot.
Sabrizzle6 years ago
Hey thanks a lot!! You really helped me out!!
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