# Decimal Equivalent Find Fraction

Converting a fraction into a decimal can be done in one of four ways. First there are a few easy rules about decimals to remember. As a refresher:

1. Any number to the right of a decimal is less than 1 (one). 2. To the right of the decimal, each place is a multiple of ten. 3. From the decimal point and moving right, the places are the tens, hundredths, thousandths, ten thousandths and so on. 4. Adding zeros to the right of any decimal neither increases nor decreases the number. 5. To the left of the decimal, any numbers are whole numbers. Increasing a number to the left of the decimal point increases the whole number. 6. A fraction is a numerator with a slash or bar under it and the denominator below the slash or bar. An easy way to remember that the denominator is under the numerator is to think of the denominator as a dominating number, usually larger than the number on top of it. 7. You will always divide the numerator by the denominator in converting a fraction into a decimal, unless you use the tens system. The tens system is logical and methodical. With easy memorization, it is a much simpler way to convert a fraction into a decimal.

Recall that a proper fraction is a number less than one. An improper fraction is a number greater than one, in fraction form. Both types of fractions can be converted to a decimal in the same ways.

Below are examples of the same proper fraction converted into a decimal, using four different techniques. We will use a simple fraction, 5/8, in each example.

1. By calculator: We know at first glance that 5/8 is less than one, so immediately we know to divide the numerator 5, by the denominator 8. Using the calculator simply enter 5, enter the divide sign, enter 8 then enter the equals sign. 5/8= (0.625). Again, what you have done on your calculator is divide the numerator by the denominator. The quotient found by calculator is 0.625