Numbers: Getting to grips with division

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# 3 Division rules – order matters

An important thing to remember about division is that it has different rules from multiplication.

For example when you multiply two numbers together, it doesn’t matter what order you multiply them in. So 8 x 4 is exactly the same as 4 x 8. The result is 32 in both cases.

But in division, order matters. So 8 ÷ 4 is different from 4 ÷ 8.

The answer to the first is 2. If you multiply 4 by 2 you get 8.

But the answer to the second is 0.5 (a half). If you multiply 8 by 0.5, you get 4 (in other words eight halves are equivalent to 4 wholes).

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