Help your students prepare for their Maths GCSE with this free dividing decimals worksheet of 30+ questions and answers
Dividing decimals is an important skill to master, especially when it comes to working with money. To divide a decimal dividend by a divisor which is a whole number, we can use the familiar methods of short or long division. The only difference with the division of decimals is the decimal point, which must be kept in the correct place.
To divide by a decimal number, we make the divisor a whole number by multiplying by an appropriate power of ten (decided by the number of digits after the decimal point). We must also multiply the dividend by the same power of ten. We can then use decimal long division or short division as above. The new calculation will give the same quotient as the original calculation.
For example, if we want to work out 36 divided by 2.4, we notice that the 4 is in the tenths column so to make 2.4 a whole number, we need to multiply by 10. Multiplying both the divisor and the dividend by the same powers of ten, we get 360 divided by 24. We can then use short or long division to solve this, giving us 360 div 24 = 15.
Knowledge of decimal place values of tenths, hundredths, thousandths is useful here.
Looking forward, students can then progress to additional decimals worksheets and other number worksheets, for example a multiplying and dividing decimals worksheet or an order of operations worksheet.
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