How to divide a mixed number by a whole number?
Whole numbers are all natural numbers including zero. A mixed fraction is the combination of a whole number and a proper fraction represented together.
Answer: The steps to divide a mixed number by a whole number are given below.
Let's take an example to understand this.
1. Write the whole number and the mixed number as improper fractions with a division sign.
2. Write the reciprocal of the divisor and replace the division sign with a multiplication sign.
3. Simplify the common factors if they exist.
4. Perform simple multiplication of the numerators and the denominators to get the result.
For example, let us solve: 3½ ÷ 2
Rewrite 3½ as an improper fraction
i.e, 7/2 ÷ 2/1
Write the reciprocal of the divisor and replace ÷ by ×
i.e, 7/2 × 1/2 = 7/4