# How to divide 54876 by 5 or 25 or 125 using a shortcut maths trick?

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**Example 1:** Dividing 54876 by 5 the usual way will take some time. But there is a shortcut trick we can use as below.

54876 / 5 can also be written as

54876 * 1/5

since 1/5 is equal to 2/10

then 54876 * 1/5 can also be written as below

54876 * 2 / 10

this will be much easier to solve as denominator has number 10 now.

109752 / 10

**10975.2 ** is the answer.

Doing all the above steps is not necessary.

The main idea is whenever you need to divide any number by 5 simply multiply it with 2 and divide it by 10. Then you can resolve the problem in seconds in just one step.

**Example 2:** Suppose we want to divide 87450 by 5

87450 * 2 / 10

174900 / 10

**17490.0 ** is the answer. (it is as simple as that.)

**Example 3:** Now suppose we want to divide 87450 by 25 instead.

25 actually can also be written as 100 / 4

because 100 divided by 4 is 25

Dividing 87450 by 25 > simply means multiplying it with 4 and dividing by 100.

So 87450 / 25 will be resolved as below.

87450 * 4 / 100

349800 / 100

**3498.00 ** is the answer by shortcut method.

**Example 4:** Now suppose we want to divide 87450 by 125 instead.

125 can actually be also written as 1000 divided by 8

This is because when you divide 1000 by 8 you get > 125

So dividing 87450 by 125 > simply means multiplying it with 8 and dividing by 1000.

So 87450 / 125 will be resolved as below.

87450 * 8 / 1000

699600 / 1000

**699.60 ** is the answer

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