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How many eighths are there in one-half?
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Well, in order to answer this question, we need to divide one-half by one-eighth.
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We will firstly look at this pictorially.
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If we consider the two squares, the first has been split into halves as there are two equal pieces.
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The second square has been split into eighths as there are eight equal pieces.
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How many of the eighths are equal to one-half?
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Well, looking at the second diagram, it is clear that there are four-eighths in one-half.
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Therefore, our answer is four.
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An alternative method would have been to have divided one-half by one-eighth.
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Well, dividing by one-eighth is the same as multiplying by eight as there are eight-eighths in one whole one.
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One-half multiplied by eight or half of eight is equal to four.
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Therefore, once again, we can see that there are four-eighths in one-half.