Divisor in Math: Definition & Example

An error occurred trying to load this video.

Try refreshing the page, or contact customer support.

Coming up next: How to Multiply and Divide Rational Expressions

You're on a roll. Keep up the good work!

Take Quiz Watch Next Lesson
 Replay
Your next lesson will play in 10 seconds
  • 0:00 What Is a Divisor?
  • 0:42 Example
  • 1:42 Lesson Summary
Save Save Save

Want to watch this again later?

Log in or sign up to add this lesson to a Custom Course.

Log in or Sign up

Timeline
Autoplay
Autoplay
Speed Speed

Recommended Lessons and Courses for You

Lesson Transcript
Instructor: Adam Jordan

Adam is a special educator with a Ph.D. in Education

Mathematical language can often seem to complicate simple operations. In this lesson a definition for the term divisor will be presented along with an example that makes a complex word seem quite simple.

What Is A Divisor

The word divisor sounds complicated, but it really isn't. In fact, you've probably understood the concept of a divisor since you were a child. The language is much more challenging than the actual concept.

By definition, a divisor is a number by which another number, a dividend, is divided.

This definition introduces a new term that needs to be understood before proceeding. A dividend is a number that is to be divided by a divisor.

So, we have two numbers, a dividend and a divisor. The dividend is the number divided by the divisor.

Let's look at a basic example in order to better understand the vocabulary.

Example

Suppose you regularly attend a book club on Wednesday nights. It is your turn to bring the snack for the evening. You spent some time in the kitchen and made 28 delicious cupcakes. There are 7 people in your club and you want to make sure everyone will have enough to eat, so you decide to calculate the number of cupcakes each person will be able to eat if they were divided evenly.

To unlock this lesson you must be a Study.com Member.
Create your account

Register to view this lesson

Are you a student or a teacher?

Unlock Your Education

See for yourself why 30 million people use Study.com

Become a Study.com member and start learning now.
Become a Member  Back
What teachers are saying about Study.com
Try it risk-free for 30 days

Earning College Credit

Did you know… We have over 200 college courses that prepare you to earn credit by exam that is accepted by over 1,500 colleges and universities. You can test out of the first two years of college and save thousands off your degree. Anyone can earn credit-by-exam regardless of age or education level.

To learn more, visit our Earning Credit Page

Transferring credit to the school of your choice

Not sure what college you want to attend yet? Study.com has thousands of articles about every imaginable degree, area of study and career path that can help you find the school that's right for you.

Create an account to start this course today
Try it risk-free for 30 days!
Create an account
Support