# Symbols:Arithmetic and Algebra/Division

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## Division

- $\div$, $/$

A binary operation on two numbers or variables.

$x \div y$ and $x / y$ both mean **$x$ divided by $y$**, or $x \times y^{-1}$.

$x / y$ can also be rendered $\dfrac x y$ (and often is -- it tends to improve comprehension for complicated expressions).

$x \div y$ is rarely seen outside grade school.

Their $\LaTeX$ codes are as follows:

- The $\LaTeX$ code for \(x \div y\) is
`x \div y`

. - The $\LaTeX$ code for \(x / y\) is
`x / y`

. - The $\LaTeX$ code for \(\dfrac {x} {y}\) is
`\dfrac {x} {y}`

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