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Division

Updated: Oct 29, 2023

To solve division problems, one needs to use all the mathematical operations they have learned so far. It's like navigating through challenges, using multiplication to find the closest number and addition to handle any remainders. Division is essentially repeated subtraction, breaking down a quantity into equal parts.


Properties of Division:


1. Division as the Inverse of Multiplication: Division and multiplication are closely connected. The inverse property tells us that when we divide two numbers a and b (where b is not zero), it's like multiplying a by the multiplicative inverse (reciprocal) of b. In other words, a ÷ b = a * (1/b). For example, 6 ÷ 3 is the same as 6 * (1/3), and both equal 2.


2. Division by One: Dividing any number by one results in the original number. For example, 8 ÷ 1 is still 8.


3. Division by Zero: Division by zero is undefined in mathematics. It does not produce a meaningful result. In other words, dividing any number by zero is not defined. For example, 5 ÷ 0 doesn't have a valid answer.


4. Division is not Commutative: Unlike addition and multiplication, division is not commutative. Changing the order of the numbers being divided changes the result. For example, 10 ÷ 2 is not equal to 2 ÷ 10.


5. Distributive Property of Division: The distributive property of division over addition and subtraction states that dividing a number by the sum or difference of two other numbers is equal to dividing the number separately by each of the other two numbers and then adding or subtracting the results. In other words, for any three numbers a, b, and c (where b and c are not zero), a ÷ (b + c) = (a ÷ b) + (a ÷ c). For example, 12 ÷ (3 + 4) is the same as (12 ÷ 3) + (12 ÷ 4), which simplifies to 2 on both sides.


It's important to remember that division relies on the properties of multiplication since it's the inverse operation of multiplication. Therefore, many properties that apply to multiplication indirectly impact division as well. Additionally, division involves special considerations, such as division by zero being undefined and the necessity to work with appropriate non-zero divisors to obtain meaningful results. Understanding these properties helps students master the obstacle course of division and tackle more complex mathematical challenges.



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