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When you divide a whole number by a decimal less than 1, the quotient is greater than the whole number. Why?

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karla519

Because division is repeated subtraction. For example: "10 divided by 2" means "How many times can you subtract 2 from 10 before the 10 is all gone ?". When you divide a whole number by ' 1 ', you're trying to find out how many times you can subtract ' 1 ' from the whole number.  Of course, the answer is the whole number itself. Now, when you divide a whole number by a piece less than ' 1 ', you're trying to find out how many times you can take a piece of ' 1 ' away from the whole number.  Of course THAT will be more times than the whole number itself.

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