Introduction: How to Divide Any Number by 5 in Your Head

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This is a simple trick that is rarely taught in school. It is an easy way to divide any number by 5 using mental math. The number does not have to be divisible by 5, it works with any number. I use this trick if I am trying to calculate a 20% tip for a bill since 20% = 1/5.

Step 1: General Formula

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Step 2: Example

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Basically, double the number and move the decimal point to the right or vice versa. If you're not good at doubling numbers, split the number up as shown in the next step.

Step 3: Extra: Doubling

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Doubling large numbers in your head is easier when done this way. All you need is some well trained short term memory.


mountainmasha (author)2014-09-28

This does seem easier than figuring out 10%, dividing it in half and then adding them together (my usual method). Nice.

mdhteach (author)2014-09-08

good tip!!!

tofugami (author)2014-09-07

I tried it! Pretty cool.
For tips I tend to just double the tax. Of course tax rates vary so this is a neat method to remember.

MsSweetSatisfaction (author)2014-09-07

Interesting! Thanks for sharing!

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