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Can someone teach me maths basics dividing and times? -
June 20th 2015, 02:18 PM

Hi everyone.

I suffer with a learning problem and my maths isn't very good.
Would someone be able to explain in detail how you divide and times things? Explain what they do and give me some relevant examples to help me further in education. I believe I have an exam coming up I need to be ready for it!

Re: Can someone teach me maths basics dividing and times? -
June 20th 2015, 10:31 PM

Okay so my maths isnt amazing so I'm sorry if this is no use but I'll try

Dividing
Dividing basically means: how many of a number is in another. E.g 6 divided by 2 means how many 2's are in 6. 2+2+2=6, there is three 2's so your answer is 3. Another example: 8 divided by 4. So how many 4's are in 8: 4+4=8. There are 2 fours so the answer is 2.
Questions such as: tim has two friends and 12 sweets, if he shares them out equally with his friends how many do they each get?
How many 2s are in 12? 2+2+2+2+2+2=12, thats 6 twos so the answer is 6

oh i need to go but ill come back and explain multiplying later

Re: Can someone teach me maths basics dividing and times? -
June 20th 2015, 11:23 PM

Hi thanks for replying.

I understand but I don't think I would be able to do it in my head I can't organise the numbers in my little head. I'm not to smart at maths I only just recently learned how to use a calculator so I often use those.

Re: Can someone teach me maths basics dividing and times? -
June 21st 2015, 11:39 AM

Calculators are great for maths- I use them all the time ^_^.
A really easy way to divide on paper is this (I'll do a example)
8 divided by 2
okay so what you do is your draw 2 boxes on your page like this [] [].
then, you draw a small dot in one, and then another in the other box. Keep doing this till you have drawn 8 dots in total like this [....] [....]
then count up how many dots are in each box.
this is 4 so your answer is 4!
This sounds confusing but you all you have to do is write dots and i still find this method useful sometimes.
dont worry if you don't understand- maths is very confusing!
Good luck with your test!

Re: Can someone teach me maths basics dividing and times? -
June 21st 2015, 05:02 PM

Hey there,

It might be helpful to start with multiplication first, as it can be handy to learn the multiplication tables ready for division. If you look up '1-12 multiplication tables' online, there are many that you can print out. I'd recommend printing out a nice colourful one, then starting with one set, write them out repeatedly until you remember them. You could also chant them to yourself. It's best to start with 2s, 5s, and 10s as they seem to be the easiest. And then practice the others when you feel confident with those. Learning the multiplication tables helps you with easier questions, and gives you the skills you need to build on your multiplication.

It can be hard to multiply in your head. Are you allowed to write your workings out down in the exam? If so, there are a few ways you can work things out or if not, you can still practice to make it a bit easier. Multiplying two numbers usually involves a pattern. For example, the two times table goes up in twos. You could draw a number line from 1-10, then count up the line and circle two, four, six, eight and ten. Or you could use curved lines to jump over the other numbers as you are counting in twos, like this.

For harder numbers like 64x3, you may find it helpful to add 64, 3 times so: 64+64+64. But a better way for dealing with larger numbers is long multiplication, which breaks it down a bit more. There are many video tutorials online that you could check out for this, but feel free to ask, if you want me to expand on this.

Basic division requires some knowledge of multiplication. As the above user said, it just means how many times a number can go into another number. It's helpful to practice this by grouping objects. For example, any questions about sweets or other things, draw little circles to represent all the sweets. If there were 6 sweets, draw 6 small circles. If you had to divide these between three people, you need to have 3 groups of two (because two goes into six, three times). So draw one circle over 2 sweets, then another circle over 2 sweets and then another circle over another 2 sweets. It's hard to explain over writing, but this is what I'm trying to say

Long division is more complicated, and you may have numbers left over ('remainders') but there are video tutorials to guide you step by step.

It's great to learn multiplication and division, but it does take some practice. Try checking out videos if you're stuck, and online games, quizzes and worksheets. A good place to begin is BBC bitesize.

Re: Can someone teach me maths basics dividing and times? -
June 21st 2015, 07:13 PM

Are you a visual learner? I think it may help to practice with blocks and containers or fruits and baskets. My dad got me a set of cubes to learn with but you can use anything really. So let's say you have 10 fruits and 5 baskets and each basket needs the same amount of fruit. How many would each get? You can take the fruit and distribute them as practice so you understand the abstract concepts. Maybe that will help for doing advanced multiplication and division.
I also recommend a TV show called Cyberchase. Maybe you can look up the episodes that discuss multiplication and/or division. It is a TV show that helped me a lot understanding math and it is fun to watch too.