Lesson 12Dividing Decimals by Whole Numbers
Let’s divide decimals by whole numbers.
Learning Targets:
 I can divide a decimal by a whole number.
 I can explain the division of a decimal by a whole number in terms of equalsized groups.
 I know how multiplying both the dividend and the divisor by the same factor affects the quotient.
12.1 Number Talk: Dividing by 4
Find each quotient mentally.
12.2 Using Diagrams to Represent Division
To find using diagrams, Elena began by representing 53.8.
She placed 1 ten into each group, unbundled the remaining 1 ten into 10 ones, and went on distributing the units.
This diagram shows Elena’s initial placement of the units and the unbundling of 1 ten.

Complete the diagram by continuing the division process. How would you use the available units to make 4 equal groups?
As the units get placed into groups, show them accordingly and cross out those pieces from the bottom. If you unbundle a unit, draw the resulting pieces.

What value did you find for ? Be prepared to explain your reasoning.
 Use long division to find . Check your answer by multiplying it by the divisor 4.
 Use long division to find . If you get stuck, you can draw diagrams or use another method.
Are you ready for more?
A distant, magical land uses jewels for their bartering system. The jewels are valued and ranked in order of their rarity. Each jewel is worth 3 times the jewel immediately below it in the ranking. The ranking is red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet. So a red jewel is worth 3 orange jewels, a green jewel is worth 3 blue jewels, and so on.
12.3 Dividends and Divisors
Analyze the dividends, divisors, and quotients in the calculations, then answer the questions.

Complete each sentence. In the calculations above:

Each dividend is ______ times the dividend to the left of it.

Each divisor is ______ times the divisor to the left of it.

Each quotient is _____________________ the quotient to the left of it.


Suppose we are writing a calculation to the right of . Which expression has a quotient of 24? Be prepared to explain your reasoning.
 Suppose we are writing a calculation to the left of . Write an expression that would also give a quotient of 24. Be prepared to explain your reasoning.

Decide which of the following expressions would have the same value as . Be prepared to share your reasoning.
Lesson 12 Summary
We know that fractions such as and are equivalent because:
 Both the numerator and denominator of have a factor of 10, so it can be written as .
 Both fractions can be simplified to .
 600 divided by 400 is 1.5, and 60 divided by 40 is also 1.5.
Just like fractions, division expressions can be equivalent. For example, the expressions and are both equivalent to because:
 They all have a quotient of 6.
 The dividend and the divisor in are each 10 times the dividend and divisor in . Those in are each 100 times the dividend and divisor in . In both cases, the quotient does not change.
This means that an expression such as also has the same value as . Both the dividend and divisor of are of those in .
In general, multiplying a dividend and a divisor by the same number does not change the quotient. Multiplying by powers of 10 (e.g., 10, 100, 1,000, etc.) can be particularly useful for dividing decimals, as we will see in an upcoming lesson.
Lesson 12 Practice Problems
Here is a diagram representing a baseten number. The large rectangle represents a unit that is 10 times the value of the square. The square represents a unit that is 10 times the value of the small rectangle.
Here is a diagram showing the number being divided into 5 equal groups.

If a large rectangle represents 1,000, what division problem did the second diagram show? What is its answer?

If a large rectangle represents 100, what division problem did the second diagram show? What is its answer?

If a large rectangle represents 10, what division problem did the second diagram show? What is its answer?


Explain why all of these expressions have the same value.

What is the common value?

Use long division to find each quotient.
Four students set up a lemonade stand. At the end of the day, their profit is $17.52. How much money do they each have when the profit is split equally? Show or explain your reasoning.
 A standard sheet of paper in the United States is 11 inches long and 8.5 inches wide. Each inch is 2.54 centimeters. How long and wide is a standard sheet of paper in centimeters?
 A standard sheet of paper in Europe is 21.0 cm wide and 29.7 cm long. Which has the greater area, the standard sheet of paper in the United States or the standard sheet of paper in Europe? Explain your reasoning.