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Division using Distributive Property

Printable worksheets to help students learn how to use the distributive property to perform division.

Break apart and distribute as a strategy for division.

The distributive property states that multiplying a number by a sum is the same as multiplying the number by each addend in the sum and then adding the products.

Mathematically, it’s expressed as: a × (b + c) = a × b + a × c

While the distributive property is primarily for multiplication, it can be indirectly used to divide numbers more easily. The idea is to break down a larger dividend (the number being divided) into smaller, more manageable parts that are easier to divide by the divisor.

Steps for Division Using Distributive Property:

- If possible, express the dividend as a sum of two or more numbers that are easier to divide by the divisor.
- Divide each of the smaller numbers (addends) that you created in step 1 by the divisor separately.
- Add the results of the individual divisions from step 2 to find the final quotient of the original division problem.

Example:

Divide 69 ÷ 3 using the distributive property.

Break down 69: 69 = 60 + 9

Divide each part: 60 ÷ 3 = 20 and 9 ÷ 3 = 3

Add the quotients: 20 + 3 = 23

Therefore, 69 ÷ 3 = 23.

Benefits of this approach:

- It can help you perform simple divisions mentally without writing out the entire division process.
- It allows you to handle division problems with larger dividends more easily.
- It reinforces the relationship between multiplication and division, strengthening your understanding of both operations.

Remember: The distributive property is primarily a multiplication concept, so this approach is a strategy for making division easier, not a strict rule of division itself. However, it can be a helpful tool for solving division problems more efficiently.

Have a look at this video if you need to learn how to divide using the distributive property.

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