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Summary
Dividing fractions by whole numbers is a case of either multiplying the denominator of the fraction by the whole number, or dividing the numerator of the fraction by the whole number - whichever is easier! Always try to simplify at the end.
Remember that a fraction represents one number divided by another number, specifically, the numerator divided by the denominator. So
$\dfrac49 = 4 \div 9$
There are two different methods you can use to divide a fraction by a whole number.
1. | Leave the numerator as it is. |
2. | Multiply the denominator by the whole number you are dividing by. |
3. | Simplify the fraction if necessary. |
Solve the following question:
$\dfrac49\div2$
Leave the numerator as it is, and multiply the denominator by $2$.
$\dfrac49\div2 = \dfrac{4}{9\times2}=\dfrac{4}{18}$
Simplify the fraction (if necessary) to reach the final answer.
$\dfrac{4}{18}=\underline{\dfrac{2}{9}}$
1. | Leave the denominator as it is. |
2. | Divide the numerator by the whole number you are dividing by. |
3. | Simplify the fraction if necessary. |
Solve the following question:
$\dfrac49\div2$
Leave the denominator as it is, and divide the numerator by $2$.
$\dfrac49 \div 2 = \dfrac{4\div2}{9} = \underline{\dfrac{2}{9}}$
Note: As you can see, in this case, the second method was quicker as there was no simplifying needed. However, both methods resulted in the same answer.
Dividing fractions by whole numbers is a case of either multiplying the denominator of the fraction by the whole number, or dividing the numerator of the fraction by the whole number - whichever is easier! Always try to simplify at the end.
Remember that a fraction represents one number divided by another number, specifically, the numerator divided by the denominator. So
$\dfrac49 = 4 \div 9$
There are two different methods you can use to divide a fraction by a whole number.
1. | Leave the numerator as it is. |
2. | Multiply the denominator by the whole number you are dividing by. |
3. | Simplify the fraction if necessary. |
Solve the following question:
$\dfrac49\div2$
Leave the numerator as it is, and multiply the denominator by $2$.
$\dfrac49\div2 = \dfrac{4}{9\times2}=\dfrac{4}{18}$
Simplify the fraction (if necessary) to reach the final answer.
$\dfrac{4}{18}=\underline{\dfrac{2}{9}}$
1. | Leave the denominator as it is. |
2. | Divide the numerator by the whole number you are dividing by. |
3. | Simplify the fraction if necessary. |
Solve the following question:
$\dfrac49\div2$
Leave the denominator as it is, and divide the numerator by $2$.
$\dfrac49 \div 2 = \dfrac{4\div2}{9} = \underline{\dfrac{2}{9}}$
Note: As you can see, in this case, the second method was quicker as there was no simplifying needed. However, both methods resulted in the same answer.
FAQs
Question: How can you divide a fraction by a whole number?
Answer: You can also divide a fraction by a whole number by multiplying the denominator of the fraction by the whole number and simplifying.
Question: How can you divide a fraction by a whole number?
Answer: Dividing fractions by whole numbers is a case of dividing the numerator of the fraction by the whole number and simplifying.
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