Division techniques

Several techniques can be used when dividing by a single digit whole number. Two commonly used methods are:

  • Using factors
  • General method

Using factors

Divide 1920 by 8 - (1920 \div 8)

2 \times 2 \times 2 = 8. Therefore to divide 1920 by 8 we can divide by 2 in each of three steps:

1920 \div 2 = 960

960 \div 2 = 480

480 \div 2 = 240

Therefore 1920 \div 8 = 240

Now try the example question below.

Question

Divide 348 by 6 - (348 \div 6)

2 \times 3 = 6 therefore to divide 348 by 6 we can divide by 2 and also by 3:

348 \div 2 = 174

174 \div 3 = 58

Therefore 348 \div 6 = 58