288 tourists are travelling in four buses. If there are the same number of tourists in each bus, how many tourists are there in one bus?
We know there are 288 tourists on four buses. We need to find the number of tourists on one bus. How do we get from four to one? We need to divide by four. So to find out how many tourists on one bus, we need to divide 288 by four. We always start with the first digit on the left. So what is two divided by four? Two is less than four. So we need to move to the next column.
We can use multiplication facts to help us find 28 divided by four. In other words, how many fours are in 28? Seven times four is 28. So 28 divided by four is seven. Now we need to calculate eight divided by four. Or, how many fours are there in eight? Two times four is eight, which means that eight divided by four is two. 288 divided by four is 72. This means there were 72 tourists on one bus.