### Dividing a Decimal by a Whole Number

Hello everyone! In this week’s post, we are going to talk about dividing a decimal by a whole number.

You already know how to divide a whole number by a whole number by now, right? If not, check out our posts about dividing by a one-digit number** here**, and dividing by a two-digit number **here**. Once you review these lessons, we can move on to dividing a decimal by a whole!

### Dividing a decimal by a one-digit whole number

Here are steps:

- Divide the number as you normally would, as if there was no decimal point in the number.
- When we bring down the digit that comes after the decimal point, we have to place a decimal point in the quotient.

*Example:*

Let’s divide **47.5 by 5**.

We are going to use normal division and start by dividing **47 by 5**.

47 / 5 = 9

9 x 5 = 45

47 – 45 = 2

Now, we have to bring down the next number, but it’s behind the decimal point.

This means that we have to place a decimal point in the quotient.

Now, we divide 25 by 5.

25 / 5 = 5

25 – 25 = 0

We’re done dividing. **The answer is 9.5**

### Dividing a decimal by a two-digit whole number

These are the steps:

1 Divide the number as you would normally, as if there was no decimal point in the number.

2 When we bring down the first digit on the right side of the decimal point, we have to place a decimal point in the quotient.

Example:

Let’s divide **360.57 by 51.**

360 / 51 = 7

51 x 7 = 357

360 – 357 = 3

Now, we are going to bring down the 5. But, because it follows the decimal point, we have to place a decimal point in the quotient.

We continue and divide 35 by 51. But 35 is less than 51, so that means we need to add a 0 in the quotient, and then we can bring down the next number.

Now, we’ll divide 357 by 51.

357 / 51 = 7

357 – 357 = 0

We’re done dividing. The answer is **7.07**

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- Learn and Practice How to Divide Decimals
- Long Division: Divide by 3 Digit Numbers
- Divide by a Two Digit Number and an Example
- How to Solve a Problem Involving Dividing 2 Digit Numbers
- Learn How to Solve Division with Decimal Numbers

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