Interpreting Remainders Lesson Topic Index | Grade 4 Math | Elementary Test Prep | StudyZone

How do you interpret a remainder in a division problem?

A remainder is the amount left over when something cannot be divided evenly.

 Problem The fourth grade is taking a field trip.  They need to rent minivans to get there.  There are 125 people going.  Each minivan can only hold 8 people.  How many minivans does the school need to rent? Plan You can divide to find the number of minivans. Solve There are different ways to interpret the remainder of a problem. *Answer where you add 1 to the quotient. Think: How many minivans does the school need to rent? You will need 16 minivans for the trip. * Answer where you use only the quotient. Think: How many minivans will be completely full? There will be 15 minivans completely full. * Answer where you use only the remainder. Think: How many people will not fit in the minivan, if they took 15? The remainder is 5.  So, 5 people will not fit in the minivans.

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