Symbols:Arithmetic and Algebra/Division

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Division

$\div$, $/$

Divided by.

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} .