# divide

Learn how to use the division (/) operator in Notion formulas.

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number / number

2

divide(number, number)

The

`/`

operator follows the standard mathematical order of operations (PEMDAS). For more detail, see Operator Precedence.You can also use the function version,

`divide()`

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12 / 4 // Output: 3

2

3

divide(12,-4) // Output: -3

Since

**divide**is a binary operator, it can only work on two*operands -*the objects which are being operated on (if - the*ternary operator -*is the only operator that works on three operands).If you need to work with more than two operands, the shorthand

`/`

is by far the easiest way to do it.1

40 / 2 / 5 // Output: 4

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3

divide(divide(40,2),5) // Output: 4

No - unlike addition and multiplication, which are

**commutative,**division won’t work if you switch around the numbers you’re working with.`8/2 = 4`

, but `2/8 = 0.25`

.The same applies when working with 3 or more operands.

`100/2/4/2 = 6.25`

, while `(100/2)/(4/2) = 50/2 = 25`

.The example database below shows the per-person split for several heists carried out by a certain crew of classy thieves. The simple

**Split**formula shows the`/`

operator in action, and simply divides **Total**by**Shares.**1

prop("Total") / prop("Shares")

Instead of using hard-coded numbers, I’ve called in each property using the

`prop()`

function.Curious about how the

**Shares**formula is able to get a count from the**Members**property? See that breakdown here: Count multi-select tags My name is Thomas Frank, and I'm a Notion-certified writer, YouTuber, and template creator. I've been using Notion since 2018 to organize my personal life and to run my business and YouTube channel. In addition to this formula reference, I've created a free Notion course for beginners and several productivity-focused Notion templates. If you'd like to connect, follow me on Twitter.

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