# Dividing

## Topic

Multiplication and Division

## Definition

Dividing is the process of determining how many times one number is contained within another.

## Description

Division is a fundamental arithmetic operation that involves determining how many times one number can be subtracted from another. It is essential for understanding fractions, ratios, and proportional reasoning. For example, dividing 12 by 3 results in 4, indicating that 3 can be subtracted from 12 four times. Division is used in various real-world applications, such as calculating averages, distributing resources, and solving problems involving rates and proportions. Understanding division helps students develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills, which are essential for higher-level mathematics and everyday life.

Teacher script: "If you have 12 candies and you want to share them equally with 3 friends, how many candies does each friend get? Let's divide 12 by 3 to find out."

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Common Core Standards CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.4.OA.B.4, CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.3.OA.C.7, CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.3.OA.B.5 2 - 4 Arithmetic     • Multiplication         • Multiplication Expressions and Equations 2021 multiplication, division, equation