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# Ways to represent division

Sal explains different ways to represent 18 divided by 2. Created by Sal Khan and Monterey Institute for Technology and Education.

## Video transcript

What expression can be used to
show dividing 18 boxes into two equals stacks? Find the expression three times
using different ways to write division. Find the value of
the expression. So let's just do this
top part right here. We have 18 boxes, and we want to
divide them into two equals stacks, so we want to
divide 18 by 2. And the way we would write this,
and we'll think a little bit more about what this
means, we could write this as 18 over 2. This means 18 divided by 2. We could write it as 18 divided
by 2, just like that, or we could write it
as 18 divided by 2. Now before we evaluate it, they
say find the value of the expression. Let's think about
what this means. We have 18 boxes and we
want to divide them into two equal stacks. Let me draw 18 boxes. So I have 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7,
8, 9, 10, 11, 12-- almost there-- 13, 14, 15,
16, 17, 18. So those are my 18 boxes, and I
divide them into two equals stacks or two equal groups. So if I want to divide these
into two different groups that have the same number of boxes,
I could just eyeball it, and say, well, let's make these
top ones one group. Let's make that one of the
groups, and let's making these bottom ones another group. And these are equal groups. How many do we have
in each group? Well, in the top one, we have
one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, and in
the bottom one we have one, two, three, four, five, six,
seven, eight, nine. So we've split it into
two groups of nine. So 18 divided into two equal
groups is equal to 9, or 18 divided by 2 is equal to 9, or
2 goes into 18 nine times.