# 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 2   ÷  3

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

1 2 × 3

Which equals:

1 6

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

1 2   ÷  3  =   1 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 2   ÷  3 really equal   1 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: 16

Another example:

### Example: 2 5   ÷  4

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

2 5 × 4   =   2 20

Step 2. Simplify the fraction:

2 20   =   1 10

And that is all we have to do.