# What is 1.71 divided by 6?

Apr 16, 2016

0.285

#### Explanation:

Whenever you have a decimal number to be divided by another decimal or, in this case, a whole number, you should multiply both numbers by a whole number 10, 100, 1000, etc.) so you can get whole numbers to divide.

1.71 : 6=?
$1.71$ has two decimal digits: 7 and 1. Which number when we multiply 1.71 will get 171? The number is 100. By 100, we will multiply 6 too.

$1.71 : 6 | \cdot 100 \implies 171 : 600$

Now, you can do division easily:

$171 : 600 = 0.285$
....$1710$
$- 1200$

.......$5100$ (the result of 1710-1200 = 510 but 0 is added)
..$- 4800$

.........$3000$ /the result of 5100-4800=300 but 0 is added)
.....$- 3000$

$0$

Zeros are added in order to make a number divisible.