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### Course: 5th grade > Unit 9

Lesson 2: Divide whole numbers to get a decimal quotient# Divide whole numbers with decimal quotients: 78÷12

Practice the concept of dividing whole numbers to get a decimal quotient. Learn how to break down division problems by finding multiples and using remainders. It also shows how to simplify fractions and convert them into decimals. Created by Sal Khan.

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- hmmmm...i also don't get it its still to complicated(42 votes)
- Well there is a simpler way, you could do the basic division, but when you hit your remainder(since every number has an invisible decimal after it) you bring the zero and the decimal down and put a decimal in the answer. For example, if I were to divide 20 divided by 80 we would look at how many times 80 can fit into 20; 0 times! So we place 0 in our quotient spot and we bring down .0 to our 20 so it's 20.0. How many times does 80 fit into 20.0?0.2 times because 80 times 0.2 is 16. 20 take away 16 is 4.00. 80 fits into 4.00 0.05 times. So we add 0.05 to our answer to make it 0.25.(0 votes)

- what if its 19 divide 38 then what(20 votes)
- If you mean 19 divided by 38, because the divisor in greater than the dividend, you will be getting a fractional (or decimal) value less than 1 as your answer (or 0 as your answer with a remainder).(15 votes)

- i dont get it when we get to the part where its 72 over 12 plus six where did we get the six to add it to 72? also i just dont really get the video. any tips?(20 votes)
- It is actually just dividing. Khan's drawings might have confused you but I also get confused too sometimes. You can watch this video again to understand it more or watch other people's explanations about this topic. Hope this helped.(11 votes)

- i curse the day that the person who invented math was born(14 votes)
- Why can the numbers multiplied together (in the numerator) be simplified or divided by the denominator? Why can't we just divide or simply the numbers which are added or subtracted together?(10 votes)
- how many times can the bottom go into the top that's the answer(10 votes)

- Is there a shorter way ? My brain is going CRAZY 😵💫 I NEED HELP!(11 votes)
- I think there is a way but idk.(1 vote)

- heeeeeey wat d heck is this! I dunno wat any of this is!(9 votes)
- In a real situation how can i use this(11 votes)
- You have 78 feet of rope (why do you have so much?). If you want to give your 12 friends an equal amount of rope, how much rope do you give them?(0 votes)

- I don't get it how is seven too high for 78 divided by 12.(6 votes)
- Since multiplication is the
*inverse operation*of division, 78÷12 should be equal to the answer times 12. If we put 12×7 we will**not**get an answer of 78. However, if we calculate 6.5×12 we will get an answer of 78. So, 78÷12 is**not**equal to 7 since that will be too high, it is equal to 6.5.

Hope this helps.(7 votes)

- can you please help me. it's very confusing(5 votes)

## Video transcript

Let's say that we wanted to
compute 78 divided by 12. What would this be? Pause this video and
try to figure that out. Well, one way to think about it is, this is the same thing as 78 divided by 12, heh. I know when I said it in
English, it sounds the same, but here, on the right,
I've written it as 78/12, or 78 divided by 12. Now, how can we re-express this? Well, let's think about it. Is there a multiple of 12 that's near 78 without going above it? Well, we know that 12 times five is 60, 12 times six is 72, 12 times seven is 84, so
12 times seven is too high, but we can write this
numerator as, instead of 78, I can write it as a multiple of 12 plus whatever's left over. So, 72 plus six, that's
the same thing as 78, so it's that divided by 12, and, so, I can write this as, I can write the 72/12, so this is equal to 72 over 12 plus six over 12, plus six over 12 or plus 6/12. Now, what's 72 over 12? We know that 72 is the
same thing as six times 12. So, this is going to be
six times 12 divided by 12, well, that's just going
to simplify to six, and then what is six 12ths? Well, you might recognize
six as half of 12 or you could divide the numerator and the denominator both by six. Either way, you are going to get 1/2. So, you can view this as six plus 1/2 or you could view this as six and a half, and a lot of times, or as
you get more used to this, you won't go do all of these steps, but I want to make sure
you really understand what's going on. So, this is the same
thing as six and a half, and if I wanted to
express that as a decimal, that's the same thing as six
ones and then how many tenths? Well, 1/2 is the same thing as 5/10, so six and 5/10. So, there you go! That's one way of trying to compute what 78 divided by 12 is. Let's do another example. Let's say we wanted to compute
what 20 divided by 80 is. Pause this video and see
if you can figure that out. Well, we could use a similar technique. We could say, hey, this is
the same thing as 20 80ths, or we could write 20 the
numerator and 80 the denominator, so it's the same thing
as 20 divided by 80, and then we could think about, well, how can we simplify this fraction, or re-express it in some way? Well, let's see. We can write the numerator as... We could write this numerator
as equal to one times 20, and then we could write the
denominator as four times 20, as four times 20. And, so, you could just view
this as being equal to 1/4, this is equal to 1/4, times 20 over 20. Times 20 over 20, well, what's 20 over 20? Well, that's just one. That's just one, so this
all just becomes 1/4. Now, how would we express
that as a decimal? Well, let's see, it's hard to
express 1/4 in terms of tenths 'cause four doesn't divide easily into 10, but you can express it
in terms of hundredths. So, 1/4 is the same thing
as 25 over a hundred. That's the same thing as 25/100. Lemme write it down here
so that I get more space. So, 1/4 is the same thing as 25 over 100, and you could get that by
multiplying the numerator and the denominator here by 25, and the reason why I care about hundredths is we know how to represent
hundredths as decimals. This is going to be the same
thing as zero ones and 25/100. And, so, 20 divided by
80 is 0.25, or 25/100. So, once again, these are
all different strategies for thinking about how
we can divide numbers that result in decimals.