# Python: Division

# Python: Division

In Python, there are two kinds of division: integer division and float division.

**Python 2 syntax**

```
from __future__ import division
# floating point division
print 4 / 3
# integer division
print 4 // 3
```

**Python 3 syntax**

```
print(4 / 3)
print(4 // 3)
```

Gives the output

```
1.3333333333333333
1
```

_{Note: The __ in __future__ is a double underscore.}

During the time of Python 2, when you divided one integer by another integer, no matter what, the result would always be an integer.

For example:

```
>>> 4/3
1
```

In order to make this a float division, you would need to convert one of the arguments into a float.

For example:

```
>>> 4/3.0
1.3333333333333333
```

Since Python doesn't declare data types in advance, you never know when you want to use integers and when you want to use a float. Since floats lose precision, it's not advised to use them in integral calculations.

To solve this problem, future Python modules included a new type of division called integer division given by the operator `//`

.

Now, `/`

performs float division, and `//`

performs integer division.

In **Python 2**, we will import a feature from the module **__future__** called `division`

.