*Do you need to convert a decimal to a fraction or back the other way?*

This will explain how to convert:

Decimals to Fractions

**AND**

Fractions back to Decimals

## Step 1: The Conversion

To convert a decimal to a fraction you need to know what each place in a decimal equals.

To make it easier think of it this way:

the ones place is

For

so 0.5 = 5/10, 0.006 = 6/1000, 0.0004 = 4/10000

_{see the chart below}To make it easier think of it this way:

the ones place is

**x/1**, place just to the right of the decimal is**x/10**, the next place to the right is**x/100**, etc...For

**each place**the you move**to the right**of the decimal**add another***zero*(0) to the denominator.so 0.5 = 5/10, 0.006 = 6/1000, 0.0004 = 4/10000

## Step 2: What About a Decimal With More Than One Numeral???

If the decimal has more than one numeral in it it's still just as easy to turn into a fraction.

For example: If the decimal is 0.0023 you would go to the largest place (the 4

For example: If the decimal is 0.0023 you would go to the largest place (the 4

^{th}place in this case) and use that as your denominator (4^{th}place= x/10000). The numerator is the numerals in the decimal(23 in this case). So for the decimal 0.0023, the fraction would be 23/10000.## Step 3: Simplifying a Fraction

To simplify a fraction you first need to find the Greatest Common Factor (GCF) of both the numerator and the denominator. You then divide the numerator by the GCF and the denominator by the GCF.

Ex: The GCD of 60/140 is 20. 60/2=3 and 140/20=7. The new simplified fraction is 3/7.

_{if you need help with the GCF see step 1 and 2 of this instructable by Phoenixsong.}Ex: The GCD of 60/140 is 20. 60/2=3 and 140/20=7. The new simplified fraction is 3/7.

## Step 4: Fraction Back to a Decimal

The fraction

So to find the equation for converting two-thirds (2/3) into a decimal. You would take

2/3=0.66666...

*translated into english would by***a/b***a*divided by*b*.So to find the equation for converting two-thirds (2/3) into a decimal. You would take

**a**(2) and divide it by**b**(3)._{(If you don't know how to divide look at this instructable by TechnoGeek95.)}2/3=0.66666...

## Step 5: Types of Decimals

2/3=0.66666...

This is called a

ex: 0.66666...., 0.123123123..., 0.104710471047...

to simplify this number you have two options.

1)put a line over the repeating digits

2)round the decimal off

Another type of decimal is a

A terminating decimal is a decimal that stops.

ex: 1/8 = 0.125, 1/50 =0.02, 1/32 = 0.03125

The third type of decimal is a

An irrational decimal is one that does not terminate or repeat.

ex: pi, the square root of 2, any other non-perfect square roots

To simplify this number you can:

1) Round it off to whatever place you choose.

This is called a

**repeating decimal**it goes on forever repeating the same digits over and over.ex: 0.66666...., 0.123123123..., 0.104710471047...

to simplify this number you have two options.

1)put a line over the repeating digits

2)round the decimal off

Another type of decimal is a

**terminating decimal**.A terminating decimal is a decimal that stops.

ex: 1/8 = 0.125, 1/50 =0.02, 1/32 = 0.03125

The third type of decimal is a

**irrational decimal**.An irrational decimal is one that does not terminate or repeat.

ex: pi, the square root of 2, any other non-perfect square roots

To simplify this number you can:

1) Round it off to whatever place you choose.

Very nice instructable, but I can think of a way to make it nicer. You mention repeating decimals, but you don't tell us how to convert a repeating decimal to a fraction.<br/><br/>All repeating fractions have (10<sup>n-1) for the denominator, and the repeating part for the numerator, where n is the length of the repeating part.</sup><br/>Example:<br/>0.12871287128712... = 1287/9999 = 13/101<br/>

Very nice instructable, and useful too. Very well explained.