







((a5)/a)/(4/a) 
20170718 

From Michael: Find the Quotient:
((a5)/a)/(4/a) Answered by Penny Nom. 





Dividing a polygon into triangles 
20110416 

From Foxie: You have a given regular polygon with n vertices and you divide it into triangles(using the vertices of the polygon) which each share at least one side with the polygon. How many distinct ways can you divide the polygon if its vertices are numbered? For n=3 it's 1 way, for n=4 it's 2 ways for n=5 5 ways, I'm not quite sure but think that for n=6 it's 12 ways... thanks in advance! Answered by Claude Tardif. 





Dividing infinity by infinity 
20090624 

From Justin: Hello again, I just had one other question nagging question about infinity. I read this article on "Types of Infinity" on Paul Hawkins calculus website and he stated that one infinity cannot be divided by another or that the answer is inderterminate because fundamentally infinity comes in different sizes with respect to infinite sets and that this applies also to calculus. And so I was wondering (if this is true) is this why when you divide infinity by infinity (in the extended real number system) the answer is indeterminate since fundamentally one inifnity is larger than another like in infinite sets or is there another reason? Thanks sooo much for answering my question again! I greatly appreciate it!
All the Best,
Justin Answered by Robert Dawson. 





Dividing by fractions 
20090325 

From Mitch: 2 divided by 2/3 = ?? Answered by Penny Nom. 





A cake must be divided evenly 
20090120 

From kelen: a 10 inch by 10 inch square cake must be divided evenly among 5 people. the top
and all four sides of the cake are frosted. each person must receive the same
amount of cake and the same amount of frosting. there must be no cake left over.
how can this be done? Answered by Robert Dawson. 





Subdividing a chord 
20080818 

From austin: Here is my question. Imagine I have a circle of known radius 25 feet, and a
chord with a mid point height of 6 inches from a central point on the chord
to the circumference of the circle. I wish to divide this chord into a
number of equal divisions. How can I calculate the measurement of the
perpendicular line at each division of the chord to the circumference and at
a 90 degrees at each division Answered by Penny Nom. 





Dividing a circle 
20071123 

From matt: hi. can you please send me a diagram of how to draw 3 lines in a circle to get 8 sections. Answered by Stephen La Rocque. 





Rational polynomial expressions 
20070609 

From a student: I have a question that continues to lead me to the answer x/(x  1) but according to my math book, the answer should be 1/(x  1).
Who is right? Who is wrong?
Here is the question:
(x^2  6x  27)/(x^2  11x + 18) DIVIDED by (x^3 + 2x^2  3x)/(x^2  2x) Answered by Stephen La Rocque. 





Splitting A Circle Evenly 
20061220 

From Joe: I'm trying to make a game board and instead of having it square, I would like to give it a curve (the game is Parcheesi). The attached diagram is pretty much completed (done in AutoCAD). What I would like to know is how to manually find the points that intersect the red line. In other words, evenly split the semicircle into 8 pieces. Answered by Penny Nom. 





120 divided by 15 
20051109 

From Joshua: how do you evaluate 120 divided by (15) Answered by Penny Nom. 





Dividing fractions 
20020923 

From Angie: When I was taught to divide a fraction, I was told to multiply the reciprocal. Many times I find I can just divide the fraction, and it saves all the simplifying after. For example, 4/6 x 9/14 divided by 2/4 I would say 4x9divided by 2=18 over 6x14divided by 4 =21, so the answer is 18/21 but if I multiply the reciprocal, I would end up with 4x9x4 over 6x14x2 which equals 144/168. So, why are we taught to do it this way? Is it necessary? Answered by Chris Fisher. 





0/4 = ? 
20020428 

From Danielle: I am embarrased to be asking this question, but... is it possible to have a fraction with a zero? For example, 0/4. This does not make sense to me and I do not know what it would be representing, other than nothing! Is it proper to express such a fraction? Answered by Peny Nom. 





Dividing a circle 
20011017 

From Ahmeen: I am having a hard time figuring out how a circle can be divided into 11 equal parts with only 4 cut allowed? My teacher gave this to us and I still can't cut my pie into eleven equal parts with only four cuts. Answered by Walter Whiteley. 





Dividing fractions 
20010509 

From Rina: I just wanted to ask if you could help me in math. See I'm having a test soon and its on Dividing Fractions and I just don't get it. My math teacher says that I'll be just fine but I failed my math quiz. I went to ask eric but they could help me so they told me to go to you. So here I am asking you if you could help me. Answered by Penny Nom. 





Why exactly can't you divide fractions? 
20010322 

From Dennis: Why exactly can't you divide fractions? Answered by Penny Nom. 





Dividing polynomials 
20010219 

From Janna: I have two questions involving dividing polynomials by polynomials. Here's the first one: Two factors of 12a^{4} 39a^{2} + 8a  8a^{3} + 12 are a  2 and 2a + 1. Find the other factors. The other question I'm stuck on is: When 10x^{3} + mx^{2}  x + 10 is divided by 5x3, the quotient is 2x^{2} + nx  2 and the remainder is 4. Find the values of m and n. Answered by Penny Nom. 





Dividing with decimals 
20001115 

From Alex: I teach math and my class and I were discussing the dividing of decimals. I explained that if there is a decimal in the divisor, it needs to be moved and so does the decimal in the dividend. My question is why is it necessary to move the decimal point in the divisor before dividing? Answered by Penny Nom. 





Dividing fractions 
20001018 

From Paula: Why do you have to change the division sign to a multiplication sign and invert the fraction that follows the division sign in order to get the answer to a division problem when you're working with fractions? Answered by Penny Nom. 





A fraction problem 
19990923 

From TruRed: Seven ninths divided by a negative 3.Could you pleas answer my question and go step by step. Answered by Penny Nom. 





Dividing a Circle 
19990412 

From Mike Kenedy: I am having trouble with a homework question for bonus marks. A Circle is continually divided by lines that do not intersect the center so that they produce the most pieces of circle. For example  1 line divides the circle into 2.
 2 into 4.
 3, however into 7.
 4 into11
 5 into 16
 6 into 22
 7 into 29
 8 into 37
 etc...
I am stumped and cannot figure out the equation, though I'm sure it involves squares. Can you help? Answered by Penny Nom. 





Dividing Decimals 
19990206 

From Melanie Campbell: i ugently need to know how to divide a decimal by a decimal eg:6.0 divided by 2.4 i need to show all working on a basic skills exam please help!!!! mel Answered by Jack LeSage. 





Could you tell me the name for the bar in a division problem? 
19961021 

From Linda: Could you tell me the name for the bar in a division problem. Not the line with dots on either side but the line that divides the two numbers? My name is Linda. I am asking for my niece who is in 8th grade. Answered by Chris Fisher. 

