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1 Dividing Whole Numbers INTRODUCTION Consider the following situations: 1. Edgar brought home 72 donut holes for the 9 children at his daughter s slumber party. How many will each child receive if the donut holes are divided equally among all nine? 2. Three friends, Gloria, Jan, and Mie-Yun won a small lottery prize of \$1,450. If they split it equally among all three, how much will each get?. Shawntee just purchased a used car. She has agreed to pay a total of \$6,200 over a 6- month period. What will her monthly payments be? people are planning to attend an awards banquet. Ruben is in charge of the table rental. If each table seats 8, how many tables are needed so that everyone has a seat? Each of these problems can be answered using division. As you ll recall from Section 1.2, the result of division is called the quotient. Here are the parts of a division problem: Standard form: dividend divisor = quotient Long division form: Fraction form: dividend divisor = quotient We use these words dividend, divisor, and quotient throughout this section, so it s important that you become familiar with them. You ll often see this little diagram as a continual reminder of their proper placement. Here is how a division problem is read: In the standard form: 15 5 is read 15 divided by 5. In the long division form: 5 15 is read 5 divided into 15. In the fraction form: 15 5 is read 15 divided by 5. Dividing Whole Numbers page 1

2 Example 1: In this division problem, identify the dividend, divisor, and quotient. Answer: For each, the dividend is 6, the divisor is 4, and the quotient is 9. YTI #1 In each division problem, identify the dividend, divisor, and quotient. Use Example 1 as a guide. a) 28 7 = 4 dividend: divisor: quotient: b) 40 8 = 5 dividend: divisor: quotient: 6 c) 2 12 dividend: divisor: quotient: WHAT IS DIVISION? ~ Begin Instructor Insights ~ This demonstration of division as repeated subtraction is only for the students understanding. It is not intended that students will duplicate this process in the exercises. ~ End Instructor Insights ~ Division is the inverse operation of multiplication. Just as multiplication is repeated addition, division can be thought of as repeated subtraction. For example, to find out how many times will divide into 12, we can subtract repeatedly until we get to 0: Once Twice Three times Four times We see that will divide into 12 exactly four times. In other words, 12 = 4 (exactly). We often use the phrase divides evenly into when speaking of exact division. In the example 12, we can say that divides evenly into 12 four times. Another term that means divides evenly is divisible. We can say, for example, that 12 is divisible by. Dividing Whole Numbers page 2

3 Sometimes this repeated subtraction process will not result in 0, and we ll have a little left over, a remainder. For example, will divide into 16 five times with 1 left over: We can say that does not divide into 16 exactly. The remainder must be smaller than the divisor. For example, in repeatedly subtracting from 16, we can t stop when we get to 1, 10, 7, or 4 because it is still possible to subtract at least one more time. For exact division, we can use a circular argument of inverses to see how multiplication and division work together: Standard form Fraction form Long division form = 12 = 4 x 12 = = 4 and x x 4 = 12 x 4 = 12 4 x = 12 This circular argument says: quotient x divisor = dividend Because of the circular nature of division and multiplication, we can use multiplication to verify the accuracy of our division result, the quotient. SHORT DIVISION When we are able to divide in one step, as demonstrated in Examples 2 and, we call it short division. When the division is not obvious (it cannot be done in just one step), we call it long division. In demonstrating short division, we can use the standard form (as shown in Example 2) or the long division form (as shown in Example ). Dividing Whole Numbers page

4 Example 2: Use short division to evaluate. Verify each answer by multiplying the divisor and the quotient. a) 5 7 = b) 5 5 = c) 0 4 = Procedure: Think about what number will multiply by the divisor to get the quotient. In other words, use the circular argument for division, divisor x quotient = dividend, to find the quotient. Answer: a) 5 7 = 5 because 7 x 5 = 5 b) 5 5 = 1 because 5 x 1 = 5 c) 0 4 = 0 because 4 x 0 = 0 Rule: a natural number divided by itself is 1. Rule: 0 divided by a natural number is 0. Example 2 demonstrates two basic principles of division: 1) A natural number divided by itself is 1. 2) 0 divided by a natural number is 0. YTI #2 Use short division to evaluate. Verify each answer by multiplying the divisor by the quotient, as in Example 2. a) 50 5 = b) 18 = c) 4 4 = d) 40 5 = e) 0 2 = f) 7 1 = In standard form, to verify that 28 4 = 7, we might write because 4 x 7 = 28. To verify the same division using the long division form, we can show the product of 4 and 7 below the dividend: And, because they are the same, the result is 0 when we subtract: Dividing Whole Numbers page 4

5 Example : Use short division to evaluate. Verify each answer by multiplying the divisor and the quotient, and write that product below the dividend and subtract. Procedure: Answer: a) 2 18 b) c) 1 To find the quotient, think about what number will multiply the divisor to get the dividend. In other words, use the circular argument for division, divisor x quotient = dividend, to find the quotient. 9 6 a) 2 18 b) c) This 0 indicates 0 0 that 2 divides evenly into 18. Rule: any number divided by 1 is itself. YTI # Use short division to evaluate. Verify each answer by multiplying the divisor by the quotient, as in Example. a) b) c) 8 8 d) 1 6 CAN THE DIVISOR EVER BE 0? We can never divide by 0 (zero). We have seen that 0 can be the dividend, but it can never be the divisor. The circular argument shows us why: 0 =?? x 0 x?? = There is no number that fits here because 0 x any number = 0, never. In general, we say that a 0, or a 0, is undefined. Dividing Whole Numbers page 5

6 As an example, you might think of division by 0 in terms of distributing equal lottery winnings among a group of people: Lottery winnings # of people = Each person gets \$0 = \$0 0 = 0 \$5 0 =?? 5 0 =?? (impossible) You can t distribute \$5 among 0 people. It isn t possible. THE REMAINDER Earlier in this section we saw that does not divide evenly into 16; that when we subtracted repeatedly, we ended with a remainder of 1. We also saw that does divide evenly into 12 four times; when we subtracted repeatedly, we were able to get an end result of 0. If the divisor divides evenly into the dividend, then the remainder is 0 (there is no remainder). Here is a simple example to illustrate how the remainder is found in the division process. Consider 17 5: 5 does not divide into 17 evenly, so we will have a remainder. Using the long division form, 5 17, we can start the quotient by choosing a number that, when multiplied to 5, will give a product close to 17. The number we choose to start the quotient can t be too large it can t give us a product more than the dividend (because then we can t subtract to find the remainder); nor can it be too small the remainder we get must be less than the divisor. Let s try 4: ?? It turns out that 4 is too large, because 4 x 5 = 20 and can t be subtracted from 17. If we try to start the division process with 2, we ll get a remainder that is larger than the divisor, and that is not allowed This remainder, 7, is greater than 5. This means that the quotient, 2, was too small. Dividing Whole Numbers page 6

7 Instead, if we try, it gives us a product that is a little less than 17, and a remainder that is smaller than the divisor: This remainder is just right. 5 r The remainder is shown to the right of the quotient Notice that the remainder is shown next to the quotient a whole number and is abbreviated by the letter r. When a remainder exists, we will see the long division answer as... divisor quotient dividend r remainder Example 4: Divide. If after multiplying the quotient and the divisor there is a remainder (other than 0), show it next to the quotient. a) 6 27 b) 7 42 Procedure: If the divisor doesn t divide evenly into the dividend, then think about what number it will divide into evenly. Answer: 4 r 6 x 4 = 24 is less than 27 and 6 x 5 = 0 is too much. a) The quotient is 4 and the remainder is. (This remainder is less than the divisor, 6, so we have divided properly.) 6 b) x 6 = 42, so 42 is divisible by 7, and the remainder is YTI #4 Divide. Be sure to show any remainder (other than 0) next to the quotient. (Do these in pencil. Have an eraser handy in case your first try gives a quotient that is either too large or too small.) Use Example 4 as a guide. a) b) c) d) Dividing Whole Numbers page 7

8 THE LONG DIVISION ALGORITHM As you might imagine, not every division problem can be done so quickly. For example, it is true that 4 divides evenly into 972 (as you ll soon see), but how many times? To discover the answer, we ll need to learn a process called the Long Division Algorithm, or just the Division Algorithm. (An algorithm is a set of repeated rules that leads to a desired result.) This algorithm works even if there is a remainder (other than 0). The Long Division Algorithm Examples 1. If possible, divide the divisor into the first (left-most) digit in the dividend, whether or not it divides in evenly. If the first digit of the dividend is too small, divide the divisor into the first two or more (left-most) digits. Place the quotient over the last digit used. 2. Multiply the quotient and the divisor; place this product directly under the digits used in this division. 6 x 6 = x 7 = Subtract. 4. Bring down the first unused digit in the dividend, and repeat this process (starting at step 1) until you can divide no further. Write the remainder next to the quotient. The division process stops when the quotient covers the last digit in the dividend. The remainder is the amount left over after the last digit in the dividend is covered by the quotient The example that follows shows the steps one at a time. The explanation requires a lot of space, but your actual problems won t be as long. Dividing Whole Numbers page 8

9 Example 5: Use the Long Division Algorithm to divide 972 by 4. Answer: Dividing Whole Numbers page 9

10 This next example shows all of the steps combined into one division problem. There is some explanation for each step, but please realize that the numbers shown don t appear all at the same time. Example 6: Use the long division algorithm to divide (You may want to cover up part of the problem so you can see the progress step by step.) Answer: 1. 5 divides into 8 one time; place the 1 above the 8 and multiply, 1 x 5 = 5. Subtract this product from 8 and bring down the divides into 6 seven times; place the 7 above the 6 and multiply, 7 x 5 = 5. Subtract and bring down the.. 5 divides into 1 two times; place the 2 above the and multiply, 2 x 5 = 10. Subtract. There is a remainder of r Continue dividing until the quotient covers the last digit in the dividend. Now the remainder can be included. We know that we re finished dividing because the last digit in the dividend is covered by the quotient. The next example shows what to do when a 0 appears in the quotient. Example 7: Use the long division algorithm to divide 2, Answer: 1. 8 won t divide into 2, but it does divide evenly into 24 three times; place the above the 4 and multiply, x 8 = 24. Subtracting gives 0, and bring down the At this point, the new dividend is 6 (same as 06), but it is less than 8, and 8 can t divide into 6. So, we say that 8 divides into 6 zero times and place the 0 above the 6.. We can multiply the 0 and the 6, but we ll get just 0 and the remainder will still be 6. We then bring down the divides into 61 seven times; place the 7 above the 1 and multiply, 7 x 8 = 56. Subtract. The remainder is r Showing the multiplication by 0 is not necessary. Instead, once we get a 0 in the quotient, we can just bring down the next digit in the dividend. Again, in each division problem, we know that we re finished dividing when the last digit in the dividend is covered by the quotient. Dividing Whole Numbers page 10

11 divisor quotient r remainder dividend YTI #5 Divide each using long division. (Use the long division symbols set up for you.) Use Examples 5, 6, and 7 as guides. a) 72 4 b) 1,628 7 c) 7,85 6 d) 40,016 8 Think about it #1: Why, when using long division, is there subtraction but no addition? WHEN THE DIVISOR IS A TWO-DIGIT NUMBER So far in the long division process, all of the divisors have been single-digit numbers. When the divisor contains more than one digit, then we need to do some estimation and, at times, some trial and error. For example, when dividing 1,167 8, we ll first set it up as and prepare to use long division. We know that 8 won t divide into 1, and 8 won t divide into 11. Here, we ll need to use the first three digits in the dividend before we can even start to divide. In other words, we ll try to divide 8 into 116. This can prove to be a challenge by itself. But, if we round each number (the divisor 8 and the three digits 116) to the nearest ten, then we can make an educated guess as to what the first digit of the quotient will be. We can estimate that 8 rounds up to 40 and 116 rounds up to 120, so we might think of this as This is, when ignoring the 0 s, like dividing 4 12 : 12 4 =. This suggests that our choice for the first digit of the quotient should be. Dividing Whole Numbers page 11

12 Caution: Keep an eraser handy because often you ll need to make a second educated guess. Also, the rounded numbers, 40 and 120, are used only for the purpose of making an educated guess. We do not use them in any other part of the division process (though we might need to round 8 again later on in the problem). Example 8: Use the long division algorithm to divide 1,167 by 8. Answer: x won t divide into 1 or 11, but it does divide into After rounding to the nearest ten, we ll make an educated guess that it divides in three times; place the above the and multiply, x 8 = 114. Subtracting gives 2, bring down the r At this point, the new dividend is 27, but it is less than 8. So, 8 divides into 27 zero times and place the 0 above the 7. Caution: The 0 above the 7 is necessary because without it, the quotient wouldn t cover the last digit in the dividend. Sometime the estimation will get us close but not quite right. If we had chosen to start this quotient... with 4 we d get: + 8 x Clearly, 152 is too much, so we should start with a quotient value smaller than 4. and with 2 we d get: x Here the remainder, 40, is larger than the divisor, 8. This means that 8 will divide into 116 at least one more time, so we should start with a quotient value larger than 2. Dividing Whole Numbers page 12

13 YTI #6 Divide each using long division. (Use the long division symbols set up for you.) Use Example 8 as a guide. a) b) 8,912 2 c) 12,728 4 You Try It Answers YTI #1: a) dividend: 28 divisor: 7 quotient: 4 b) dividend: 40 divisor: 8 quotient: 5 c) dividend: 12 divisor: 2 quotient: 6 YTI #2: a) 10 b) 6 c) 1 d) 8 e) 0 f) 7 YTI #: a) 7 b) 9 c) 1 d) 6 YTI #4: a) 8 r 4 b) 1 r 7 c) 7 d) 6 r 4 YTI #5: a) 9 b) 22 r 4 c) 1,05 r 5 d) 5,002 YTI #6: a) 52 b) 278 r 16 c) 296 Dividing Whole Numbers page 1

14 Focus Exercises (Answers are below each, starting at #.) Think again. 1. Why, when using long division, is there subtraction but no addition? (Think about it #1.) divides evenly in to 266: = 19. Does this mean that 19 also divides evenly into 266? Explain your answer. Divide. Check by multiplying the divisor and the quotient Divide using long division r 7 Dividing Whole Numbers page 14

15 r 5 r 1 45 r , r r , , , r 1 6,009 r 2 2,06 r , , , , , , , , r , , , ,250 r , , , , , , ,770 06,002 1,025 2,045 Dividing Whole Numbers page 15

16 Think Outside the Box. Evaluate each expression. 55. ( ) (17 + 9) (1,025 49) (51 4) (20 51) ( 9) (896 4) (1 7) 2 4 Dividing Whole Numbers page 16

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