Strategies for Efficiently Dividing Tasks and Responsibilities


Division is an important operation in mathematics. It is used to split a whole into equal parts or to find out how many times one number can be divided by another. Some may find division difficult, but with a little practice, it can become easier to understand.

When you divide, you take a larger number and divide it into smaller parts. For example, if you have 10 apples and you want to share them equally among 5 friends, you can think of it as dividing 10 by 5. The answer to this division problem is 2, because each friend will receive 2 apples.

There are some basics rules you should know when it comes to division. For instance, the division symbol is ÷ and it is written between two numbers. To find the answer to a division problem, you can rewrite it as a multiplication problem. So, instead of dividing 10 by 5, you can rewrite it as multiplying 10 by 1/5. The answer will be the same.

Division can also involve decimals and fractions. If you have a recipe that calls for 3 cups of flour, but you only have 2 cups, you can divide 2 by 3 to find out how much flour you need. The answer is a decimal, which in this case is 0.67 cups. Division lets you find the answer to how many times a number can be divided into another number, even if the answer is not a whole number.

In conclusion, division is an important operation in mathematics that is used in many aspects of life. By understanding the basics of division and practicing with examples, it becomes easier to divide numbers and find the answer to division problems. So don’t be afraid to divide and conquer!


Dividing your perennial plants can be a quick and easy way to multiply your garden without having to buy new plants. But it can also be a bit tricky if you’re not familiar with the arithmetic of plant division. In this article, we’ll go over some basic rules and examples of how to perform division on your perennials.

Before we get into the nitty-gritty of division, let’s take a quick look at why dividing your perennials is necessary. Perennial plants, unlike annuals, have a life cycle that spans multiple years. Over time, they can become overcrowded and their growth can be stunted. Dividing them helps to rejuvenate the plants and keeps them healthy.

Now, onto the mathematics of plant division. To divide your perennials, you’ll need a few basic tools, like a pen and a clean column. You’ll also need to remember some simple rules:

  1. Start by extracting the entire plant from the ground, being careful not to damage the roots.
  2. Look for natural divisions in the plant, such as clumps or clusters.
  3. Decide how many new plants you’d like to have.
  4. Cut the clumps or clusters into smaller sections, making sure each section has its own roots.
  5. Replant the divided sections in your garden, spacing them apart so they have room to grow.

Here’s an example to help illustrate the process: let’s say you have a large perennial plant called Ithaka. It has 20 tiny roots in total, and you want to divide it into three new plants. How many tiny roots does each new plant need? You can find the answer by performing the following calculation:

20 ÷ 3 = 6.67

Since we can’t have a fraction of a root, we need to round the answer to the nearest whole number. In this case, each new plant would need 7 tiny roots.

Dividing your perennials is a great way to expand your garden and share plants with friends. Just remember to follow the necessary steps and perform the division carefully to ensure the health of your plants. With a little numeracy and some green thumbs, your garden will flourish!

How Do You Know if Your Perennials Need Dividing

If you’re looking to move or multiply your perennials, it’s important to know when to divide them. Dividing perennials is a quick and easy way to propagate plants, ensuring they stay healthy and continue to thrive in your garden.

But how do you know if your perennials need dividing? There are a few signs to look out for:

  • If your perennials are overcrowded and have stopped blooming, it may be an indication that they need dividing. When perennials get too crowded, the plants compete for limited resources, resulting in smaller blooms or no blooms at all.
  • Another sign to look for is when the center of the plant starts to die out. If you notice a bare spot in the middle of your perennial, it’s a good indication that it’s time to divide.
  • If your perennials have been in the ground for several years without dividing, it’s also a good idea to consider dividing them. Most perennials benefit from dividing every 3-5 years to maintain their health and vigor.

Dividing perennials involves a few simple steps. First, dig up the whole plant, being careful not to damage the roots. Then, using a sharp knife or garden spade, divide the plant into smaller sections. Each section should have a healthy root system and several stems or foliage. Finally, replant the divided sections in the same spot or in a new location, making sure to water thoroughly.

Remember, not all perennials need dividing. Some plants, like hostas and ornamental grasses, benefit from being left alone. Before dividing your perennials, do some research to find out if they are suitable candidates.

Dividing perennials can be a rewarding and productive activity for gardeners. It allows you to create multiple new plants from a single parent plant, and it also helps to rejuvenate older perennials that may be declining in vigor.

So, if you’re looking to move or multiply your perennials, keep an eye out for the signs that indicate they need dividing. With a few simple steps, you can ensure the health and vitality of your plants for years to come.

Sources: Ithaka

Multiplication Table
2 x 1 = 2
2 x 2 = 4
2 x 3 = 6
2 x 4 = 8
2 x 5 = 10
2 x 6 = 12

Why Should I Be Dividing My Perennials

Dividing your perennials is essential for their health and growth. By dividing, you would not only fuel the growth of your plants but also prevent them from multiplying and taking up too much space in your garden. The upside of dividing is that it allows the plants to grow larger and healthier, making them easier to care for.

When your perennials start looking overcrowded or larger than they should be, it’s a clear sign that they need to be divided. Dividing perennials follows a few simple rules, and mistakes can easily be avoided if you remember a few basic principles.

Firstly, it’s important to have a good numeracy calculator, as pen-and-paper arithmetic won’t be enough. A tiny mistake in your division calls can lead to incorrect results. Step one is to write the arithmetic problem as a little division problem, with the divisor and dividend on separate sides of the division sign. The dividend is the number you are dividing, and the divisor is the number you are dividing by.

For example, let’s say you have twenty perennials and want to divide them evenly among your eight garden beds. In this case, the divisor would be eight, and the dividend would be twenty.

To perform the division, write the divisor (eight) on the outside and divide it into the first numeral of the dividend (two), just as you did in elementary school. Two divided by eight is zero with a remainder of two, so you write the zero above the line and the remainder (two) in front of the next numeral in the dividend.

Below, write the divisor (eight) and multiply it by the number on the top of the column, then write the result below the dividend.

Continue these steps until you’ve divided the whole dividend and write the answer above the line.

In this example, the answer would be two remainder four, meaning that you would have two perennials in each bed, with four left over.

Dividing perennials not only helps you manage your plants better but also teaches you about fractions and whole numbers. Remember to always perform division with care and accuracy. With these quick steps, you can easily divide your perennials and enjoy a healthy and thriving garden.

On Dividing

In mathematics, division is one of the basic operations used to divide numbers. It is the opposite operation of multiplication. When dividing, there are steps we need to follow in order to find the answer.

Let’s take a quick look at these steps and why they are needed. If you have two numbers, for example 20 and 5, and you want to divide them, the first step is to write them in a table like this:

20 ÷ 5 =

The second step is to see how many times the divisor (5) can be subtracted from the dividend (20) without going below 0. In this case, we can subtract 5 from 20 four times.

Now, we move to the next column and bring down the 0. The new number becomes 0. We repeat the same process and see how many times the divisor can be subtracted from the new number.

Continuing this process, we can see that 5 can be subtracted from 0 zero times. Therefore, the answer to the division of 20 by 5 is 4.

Multiplication is often used to check if the division is correct. By multiplying the quotient (4) and the divisor (5), we should get the dividend (20). In this case, 4 multiplied by 5 equals 20, confirming that our division is correct.

Division can also be done with fractions, decimals, and even with larger numbers. The rules may vary slightly, but the basic steps remain the same. It is important to be familiar with these steps and understand the concept of division in order to solve mathematical problems and make sure there are no mistakes.

Mathematics calls for numeracy and arithmetic skills. Division is a fundamental operation that is needed in many real-life situations, whether it’s dividing fuel between cars, dividing flour for a recipe, or dividing a whole into equal parts.

Remember, division is the opposite of multiplication. If multiplication is like combining things, division is about separating them. Understanding how division works will make it easier to handle numbers and solve mathematical problems.

So, next time you come across a division problem, don’t panic. Apply these basic steps, and you’ll be able to find the answer.

Division ‘÷’

Basics of Arithmetic:

When it comes to arithmetic, division is an important operation. You may remember learning it in your early days of school.

A division problem is written using the division symbol ‘÷’, which looks like a fraction with a line instead of a slash. For example, 12 ÷ 3 is read as “12 divided by 3”.

Division is the process of finding out how many times a certain number, called the divisor, can be evenly divided into another number, called the dividend.

Let’s look at an example:

÷ 3

In this example, 12 is the dividend and 3 is the divisor. We want to find out how many times 3 can go into 12.

We start by looking at the left-most digit of the dividend, which is 1. We ask ourselves, how many times can 3 go into 1? The answer is 0, so we write 0 above the line.

Next, we move to the next column, which is the digit 2. We now have to consider both the 2 and the 1 as one number (12) and ask ourselves, how many times can 3 go into 12? The answer is 4, so we write 4 above the line.

Now we subtract 4 times 3 (which is 12) from 12, and we get 0. There are no more digits left, so our answer is 40 with a remainder of 0.

Division can sometimes be difficult, especially with larger numbers or decimals. Fortunately, there are rules and shortcuts that can make division easier.

For example, if the divisor is a whole number and the dividend ends with one or more zeros, we can simplify the division problem by dividing both numbers by 10, 100, 1000, and so on until the zeros are gone.

Another shortcut is to use multiplication. If you know your multiplication tables well, you can use them to quickly find the answer to a division problem. For example, if you know that 3 times 4 is 12, then you also know that 12 divided by 4 is 3.

Dividing fractions is a topic that goes beyond the basics of arithmetic and into the realm of mathematics. It lets us work with numbers that are not whole, but rather parts of a whole. This is a valuable skill to have, especially in real life situations like cooking or measuring.

For example, if a recipe calls for 2 cups of flour and you only have a tablespoon, you can use division to figure out how many tablespoons you need. In this case, 2 cups divided by 16 tablespoons gives you the answer of 0.125 cups per tablespoon.

As you can see, division has many applications and can be a powerful tool in solving problems. It’s important to understand the concepts and rules of division to make sure you get the correct answer. Practice and repetition will help you become more comfortable with division and improve your skills.

For a quick recap, here are the steps for division:

  1. Write the dividend and divisor in a division problem.
  2. Start with the left-most digit of the dividend and ask yourself, how many times can the divisor go into it?
  3. Write the answer above the line.
  4. Multiply the divisor by the answer and subtract it from the current part of the dividend.
  5. Bring down the next digit and repeat steps 2-4 until there are no more digits left.
  6. If there is a remainder, write it as a fraction or a decimal.

Division can be done without using a paper and pen, but most people find it easier to use a paper and pen or a calculator. The steps mentioned above can be followed to perform division on a calculator as well.

So, if you’re feeling confident with your division skills, why not try some practice problems? The more you practice, the better you’ll get!

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Dr Heidi Parkes

By Dr Heidi Parkes

Senior Information Extension Officer QLD Dept of Agriculture & Fisheries.