# 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.

**Explanation:**

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