# How to Divide Decimals

If you can move a dot and solve a simple division problem, then you can divide decimals as well as any math whiz.

### Instructions

- Step 1:
**Change the divisor**Change the divisor – the number by which the other number, the dividend, is divided – to a whole number by moving the decimal point to the right. - Step 2:
**Move the decimal of the dividend**Move the decimal point of the dividend to the right the same number of places as you moved the decimal in the divisor. - TIP: After moving your decimal point to its new position, if the dividend is not a whole number, you can still complete your computation.
- Step 3:
**Write the division problem**Write your division problem with the divisor outside the long division symbol, and the dividend inside of it. - Step 4:
**Place zeros in any empty places**Place zeros to the right of the decimal point, in any "empty" places created by moving the decimal place of the dividend. - Step 5:
**Place a decimal above the decimal point in the dividend**Place a decimal directly above the decimal point in the dividend – on top of the long division symbol. - Step 6:
**Divide**Divide using normal division to complete your computation. - FACT: Did you know? A book written in 1579 by the mathematician Francois Viete introduced the modern base-10 decimal system to the world.

### You Will Need

- A pen or pencil
- Paper