# 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 we have to do.