# Dividing Fractions By Whole Numbers

Multiply the bottom number of the fraction by the whole number.

## To Divide a Fraction by a Whole Number:

• Step 1. Multiply the bottom number of the fraction by the whole number
• Step 2. Simplify the fraction (if needed)

## Example 1

 1 ÷ 3 2

Step 1. Multiply the bottom number of the fraction by the whole number

 1 = 1 2 × 3 6

Step 2. Fraction is already as simple as possible, so no need for step 2. Answer:

 1 ÷ 3 = 1 2 6

### With Pen and Paper

And here is how to do it with a pen and paper (press the play button):

### Does it make sense?

 Does 1 ÷ 3 really equal 1 ? 2 6

Well look at the pizzas below ...

When half a pizza is divided into 3 equal parts. Each person gets one sixth of a whole pizza.

 A Half: Divided by 3: Answer: 1/6

## Example 2

 2 ÷ 4 5

Step 1. Multiply the bottom number of the fraction by the whole number

 2 = 2 5 × 4 20

Step 2. Simplify the fraction:

 2 = 1 20 10

And that is all you have to do.

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