Division is perhaps the most difficult calculation to perform among addition, subtraction, & multiplication. However, with a few simple techniques, you can improve your division speeds drastically. In this blog post, we share with you, some simple techniques to improve your division skills.

#### Removal of Zeroes

An easy trick to simplify the division of numbers ending with 0’s is to remove zeroes from both numbers.

e.g. 9100/10 = 910. We removed 1 zero from both numbers.

more examples:

53000/100 = 530

21080 / 10 = 2108

#### Split & Calculate

For example, let’s take 840/20:

First 0 & 0 can be cancelled leaving us with 84/2

Now split 84 into 80 & 4 and divide separately.

80/2 = 40 & 4/2 = 2

So, the final answer is 40 + 2 = 42.

#### Multiply & Estimate

In this technique, we try to multiply the smaller number by simple numbers and then try to work our way up to the bigger number.

For e.g.: 529 / 23

First, try to multiply 23 by an easy number such that it is close to 529.

So, 23 x 20 = 460

We are left with 529 – 460 = 109.

Now we just have to do 69 / 23, which is equal to 3.

So, the final answer is 20 + 3 = 23.

More examples:

2450 / 14 :

14 x 200 = 2800 & 14 x 100 = 1400, so answer is between 100 & 200.

14 x 5 = 70 & 14 x 50 = 700, so 14 x 150 = 1400 + 700 = 2100.

We are still left with 2450 – 2100 = 350.

14 x 20 = 280 & 14 x 5 = 70, so 14 x 25 = 350.

Thus, the final answer is 150 + 25 = 175.

This might look longer on paper, but when performed in mind, this technique is significantly faster.

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We hope this will help you to improve your subtraction skills. Let us know in the comments below!

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