The symbol for division is “÷” which is read as “divided by”.
Consider the division of these whole numbers: 35 ÷ 7 = 5
The number 35 is the dividend, the number 7 is the divisor and the number 5 is the quotient.
The symbol ÷, called the obelus or obel (from the Greek term οβελοσ), was introduced by the Swiss mathematician Johann Henrich Rhan in his treatise on algebra in 1659. He also introduced the symbol * as the symbol of multiplication.