Quotient Definition

It is the final answer that we get at the end of the division process. When we divide a number by any other number, the answer we get at the end will be termed a Quotient. Let us tell you through an example.

For example, when 36 is divided by 9, we get 4 as the answer to this division. In this case, “4” is the quotient because it is the final answer of the division process.


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Doesn’t matter whether the final answer is the whole number or a decimal, it will be termed a quotient. For example, when we divide 11 by 2, we get 5.5 as the final answer. It will also be called the quotient instead of giving any other name.


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Other terms of division

In division, the quotient is only a single term from the four major terms of this process. Let us show you other terms here briefly.

  • Divisor: It is the number that will divide the other number.
  • Dividend: It is the number that is going to be divided by the second number.
  • Remainder: It is the remaining part of the division process that can’t be divided by the divisor.


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Quotient definition in terms of divisor & dividend

As you have learned about divisor and dividend, let us tell you the quotient with respect to these terms.

“Quotient is the final answer that comes up when a dividend is divided by a divisor”. It is simple to understand by solving easy examples like we have done in the above section for you.

General formula to find the quotient

With respect to the above terms, you can also remember a simple formula to find the quotient. Here is the general formula to do so.

Quotient = Dividend ÷ Divisor

Fun Facts about Quotient

  • An even number when divided by 2 will always leave a whole number
  • A quotient can either be a decimal or a whole number.
  • The division process can have only one quotient and one reminder


What is the formula to find the quotient?

To find the quotient, you can follow this specific formula.

Quotient = Dividend ÷ Divisor

How can we find the remainder?

To find the remainder, you have to divide the dividend by a divisor. If a divisor is unable to divide the other term completely, it will leave a number at the end that will be less than the divisor. That term will be the remainder of the question.

What is the difference between quotient and product?

The quotient is the answer that comes out when two terms are divided while the product is the answer that comes when two numbers are multiplied.

Is quotient always a whole number?

No, a quotient can either be a whole number or a decimal.

What is the quotient of 21 divided by 3?

The quotient we get after dividing 21 by 3 is “7”.

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