Video: Deciding Whether to Multiply or Divide to Solve Word Problems

There are 30 students in a classroom. They sit in 5 rows. Daniel writes this equation to find out how many children are in each row. 30 _ 5 = _. Which symbol is missing from his equation? How many children are in each row?

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There are 30 students in a classroom. They sit in five rows. Daniel writes this equation to find out how many children are in each row. 30 blank five equals? Which symbol is missing from his equation? And how many children are in each row?

The first question, which symbol is missing from his equation, is asking for the symbol that belongs in this yellow circle. Daniel knows that the 30 students have been put into five rows. The students are divided into five rows. To find out how many children are in each row, we need to use division. Division is our missing symbol. From there, we can say that 30 divided by five equals the number of children in each row.

Our second question will be the solution to 30 divided by five. If you remember that five times six equals 30, then you could recognize 30 divided by five equals six. There would be six children in each row.

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