The distributive property of division allows us to break down the first term of a division expression into a smaller number. This simplifies the division operation and allows us to solve the exercise without a calculator.

When using the distributive property of division, we begin by breaking down the number being divided by another, the **dividend**.

**For example:**

$54:3= (60-6):3= 60:3-6:3= 20-2=18$

We break down $54$ into $60-6$.

The value remains the same since $60-6=54$

Both $60$ and $6$ are divisible by $3$ and, therefore, the calculation is much easier.