Pronunciation: /dɪˈvaɪ.zər/ Explain

Figure 1: Fraction

A dividend is an expression that is divided by another expression. A divisor is an expression that divides another expression. In figure 1, the expression 3x + 2 is the divisor and the expression x - 1 is the dividend. Divisor can also be an integer that divides another integer evenly.


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