numbers can be expressed as a fraction. Decimal to fraction conversion
is usually a two-step operation.
the decimal to fraction using tenths, hundredths, thousandths,
etc. depending on the number of decimal places. e.g. 1.75 = 1 75/100.
Next, simplify the fraction part to the lowest common
75/100 = 3/4.
Fractions and decimals are very similar. In fact, decimal numbers
are more correctly known as decimal fractions and fractions with numerators and denominators are, to give them a longer name, common fractions. Help your child to understand
that (common) fractions and decimal (fractions) have the same meaning – part of
Converting a decimal to a fraction
Decimals are fractions that have powers of ten as their denominators. Or, to say another way, they have 10, 100, 1000, and so on as the bottom number of the fraction.
The main thing when we convert from decimal to common fractions is to find out what we are dealing with. Is it tenths? Is it hundredths? Or is it thousandths?
The examples below show decimals can be shown as common fractions.
We write as a decimal
We read, or say
We write as a common fraction
five hundred ninety-seven thousandths
four hundred thirty-nine thousandths
The place value of the number on the right tells whether the common fraction is in tenths, hundredths, thousandths, and so on.
Practicing decimal to fraction conversion with the worksheets and
Chart is a good way for your child to reinforce their understanding
of the concept. Print these resources using the Print button on each
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