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The class was divided in its opinion.
The class were divided in their opinions.

A collective noun usually takes a singular verb, but when it denotes the individual members of the group and not the group as a whole use a plural verb.

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The dog lay down on the grasses.
The dog lay down on the grass.
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Mathematics are not easy to learn.
Mathematics is not easy to learn.

The names of sciences and subjects ending in -ics (like mathematics, physics, politics, gymnastics) generally take a singular verb.

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Yesterday we had fish for dinner.
Yesterday we had fishes for dinner.

Fish as food or in bulk (= large numbers) is always singular. We rarely use the plural form (fishes) which denotes fish individually: I caught three small fishes.

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The school builds good character.
The school builds good characters.

The plural form characters denotes the letters of the alphabet or the people in a book or play.

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