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Bar Modelling For Two Types of Division

Many people aren’t aware that there are two different types of division. Even if you search the web, only one type mostly comes up. It’s the type we learn first: that when we share one quantity, we split it into equal parts. This is partitive division, or dividing a quantity into parts. When we divide a whole amount, partitive division tells us how many items there are in each group. Let’s look at a couple of examples.

Jeanine bought 24 buns for a party. She wanted to put an equal amount on each of 6 tables.
How many buns should she put on each table?

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