Students who can divide sometimes have a mental block when it comes to dividing decimals.

While it can look daunting at first, with a few little tricks and tips, it's no more difficult than doing a normal division.

**Multiplying up**

Lets say you have the sum 24 ÷ 0.5

We don't want to deal with the decimal, so lets get rid of it.

The trick here is that you just keep multiplying both the numbers by 10 until the **second number** isn't a decimal anymore.

Going back to our sum, if we multiply both numbers by 10, we get

24 ÷ 0.5 = 240 ÷ 5 (Try putting it into a calculator if you don't believe me!)

Now we can just do the sum as normal.

**Example 1:**

24 ÷ 0.2

Multiply each number by 10

240 ÷ 2

Do the sum as normal

24 ÷ 0.2 = 120

**Example 2:**

375 ÷ 0.05

Multiply each number by 10

3750 ÷ 0.5

As the second number is still a decimal, we multiply by 10 again

37500 ÷ 5

Now we can do it as normal!

375 ÷ 0.05 = 7500