# How can halving help me divide?

### Make dividing by even numbers easier

Do you think dividing by **4** is tricky?

It can be easier if you split the number you are dividing in half.

Another way of saying this is dividing by **2**

To turn this into dividing by **4**, just split each half in half again.

So what you are doing is dividing by **2** and then dividing by **2** again.

## Example

**24 ÷ 4 = ?**

First split **24** in half.

**24 ÷ 2 = 12**

Then split this in half again.

**12 ÷ 2 = 6**

So **24 ÷ 4 = 6**

## What about 8?

If you have to divide by **8**, you just split your number in half again.

So you divide by **2** then divide by **2** again then divide by **2** another time.

**24 ÷ 8** can be done as

**24 ÷ 2 = 12**

**12 ÷ 2 = 6**

**6 ÷ 2 = 3**