## Step 1: Express teh whole number as a fraction

Express the whole number as a fraction by writing 1 as its denominator. If we want to divide 4/5 by 20, we first express 20 as a fraction. (Note: If given fraction is a mixed fraction, change it to improper fraction too)

## Step 2: Convert to multiplication

Change the division symbol to a multiplication symbol.

## Step 3: Rewrite the divisor as its reciprocal

We can do this by the switching the values of the numerator and denominator

## Step 4: Cancel common factors shared and simplify

Keep in mind that we can only cancel common factors if one value is a numerator and the other a denominator.

## Examples of how to divide fractions by whole numbers

**Q1) What would be the result if we divide 3 (3 )/11 by 12?**

Since we’re working with a mixed fraction, we change 3 (3 )/11 to an improper fraction. We then express 12 as a fraction : 12/1.

Change ÷ to × then rewrite the divisor as its reciprocal.

Simplify and find the product of the expression.

**Q2) A rainbow coloured string that is 3/4 yard long is to be divided into 15 smaller strips. How
long is one strip of rainbow string?**

To find the length of one strip, we divide the length of the string by the number of strips.

(3/4)÷15

We perform similar steps: express 15 as a fraction = 15/1.

Change ÷ to × then rewrite the divisor as its reciprocal.

Cancel out common factors and simplify.