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Dividing a Small Number by a Larger Number

Date: 2/6/96 at 10:3:9
From: Philip Lepoidevin
Subject: division

I have 2 more questions!:)

1. 22 divided into 7
2. 2 + 2

Date: 4/29/96 at 20:38:34
From: Doctor Jodi
Subject: Re: division

Hi there! You can divide any whole number by any other whole 
number--but sometimes you don't get a whole number.

For your first question, we find that we can't divide 22 
into 7 even once.  We write it like this:


and start doing long division.  If you haven't done long 
division yet, you'll need to write us back for a better 
explanation or ask someone at home.


is the first step.  

Since we get 4 again as a remainder, we can see that the second 
half will keep repeating.

So the answer to this problem looks like .3181818181818 and so 
on. Does this make any sense?

2 + 2 = 4. This is easier to see with your fingers or other real objects...

-Doctor Jodi,  The Math Forum
Associated Topics:
Elementary Division

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