When dividing a unit fraction by a whole number, the quotient is always a unit fraction ____________ than the dividend.

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lemjay | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

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Consider this scenario.

Four of your friends arrived in your house. You offer them your baked chocolate cake. However, only half of the round chocolate cake remains in your fridge. So, you divide the remaining cake into four equally.

`1/2-:4=1/2-:4/1=1/2xx1/4=1/8`

Hence, each of your friends got one-eighth of the round chocolate cake.

In this example, the remaining chocolate in your fridge which is 1/2 is the dividend. The servings that each of your friend received which is 1/8 is the quotient. And the servings that each of your friends got is smaller compared to the half of the round chocolate cake.


Therefore, when dividing a unit fraction by a whole number, the quotient is always a unit fraction which is less than the dividend.

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