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# Divide Whole Numbers

## Whole Numbers

All counting numbers starting from zero to infinity are known as whole numbers.

Is it possible to get a whole number every time you divide two numbers?

Let us consider some examples:

374 ÷ 11 = 34

15157 ÷ 23 = 659

1008 ÷ 25 = ?

We cannot get a whole number upon dividing 1008 by 25. Whenever we can’t get a whole number quotient, we get a decimal number quotient. We place a decimal when no more digit is left to bring down and the remainder is not equal to zero. After placing a decimal, we can use any number of zeroes required but one at a time only.

Let us see this procedure in the case of 1008 ÷ 25:

STEP I: Normal Division

STEP-II: As there is no more digit to bring down and the remainder is not equal to zero, we place a decimal to continue our division and bring down a zero.

STEP III: As we have already placed a decimal, we can bring down another zero.

As we get our remainder as zero, we stop the division. If the remainder is not zero, we can continue bringing down zero after every step till we get zero as the remainder.

Thus, 1008 ÷ 25 = 40.32

Here, 40.32 is known as the decimal number quotient.

## Check Point

1. Without actual division, how would you determine whether the answer of the division will be a whole number or a decimal number quotient?
2. Would you get a whole number or a decimal number quotient upon dividing 67 by 128?
3. Find the quotient: 8 ÷ 5
4. Divide 121 by 125.
5. Find the decimal number quotient: 308 ÷ 20
1. It is not possible to determine the quotient in every case for a whole number or a decimal number. However, if the dividend < divisor, then quotient will always be a decimal number.
2. A decimal number as dividend<divisor.
3. 6
4. 968
5. 4

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