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Fractions to Decimals

Here we will learn about converting fractions to decimals.
There are also converting fractions to decimals worksheets based on Edexcel, AQA and OCR exam questions, along with further guidance on where to go next if you’re still stuck.

What is converting fractions to decimals?

Converting fractions to decimals is representing a fraction as a decimal without changing its value.

E.g.

\begin{aligned} &\frac{1}{4}=0.25\\\\ &\frac{1}{8}=0.125\\\\ &\frac{2}{7}=0.2857142857…\\\\ &3 \frac{1}{5}=3.2 \end{aligned}

What is converting fractions to decimals?

What is converting fractions to decimals?

How to convert fractions to decimals

In order to convert from a fraction to a decimal you need to:

  1. Ensure the fraction is written with just a numerator and a denominator.
    (if the number is a mixed number you first need to convert it to an improper fraction).
  2. Divide the numerator by the denominator.
  3. State the answer clearly in the form ‘fraction’=’decimal’.

Explain how to convert from a fraction to a decimal in 3 steps

Explain how to convert from a fraction to a decimal in 3 steps

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Converting fractions to decimals examples

Example 1: converting a simple fraction to a decimal

Convert \frac{1}{2} to a decimal.

  1. If needed convert the mixed number to an improper fraction.

There is no need to convert as the fraction is already in the correct form.

2Divide the numerator by the denominator.

1 \div 2 \quad \quad \quad

Using the ‘bus stop method’:

Fractions to Decimals Example 1 Step 2

3State the answer clearly in the form ‘fraction’=’decimal’.

\frac{1}{2} = 0.5

Example 2: Converting a fraction to a decimal

Convert \frac{3}{8} to a decimal

There is no need to convert as the fraction is already in the correct form.

3 \div 8


Fractions to Decimals Example 2 Step 2

\frac{3}{8}=0.375

Example 3: Converting an improper fraction to a decimal

Convert \frac{7}{5} to a decimal

There is no need to convert as the fraction is already in the correct form.

7 \div 5


Fractions to Decimals Example 3 Step 2

\frac{7}{5}=1.4

Example 4: Converting a mixed number to a decimal

Convert 3 \frac{1}{4} to a decimal

You need to convert this mixed number to an improper fraction.


3 \frac{1}{4}= \frac{13}{4}


Step by step guide: Improper fractions and mixed numbers (coming soon)

13 \div 4


Fractions to Decimals Example 4 Step 2
3 \frac{1}{4}=3.25

Example 5: Converting a fraction to a decimal involving a recurring decimal

Convert \frac{2}{9} to a decimal.

There is no need to convert as the fraction is already in the correct form.

2 \div 9


Fractions to Decimals Example 5 Step 2


You will notice here that the 2 is repeated and will continue to be repeated. This is therefore a recurring decimal and can be shown in the form 0.\dot{2} .

\frac{2}{9}=0 . \dot{2}

Example 6: Converting a mixed number to a decimal involving a recurring decimal

Convert 2\frac{1}{7} to a decimal.

You need to convert this mixed number to an improper fraction.


2\frac{1}{7}=\frac{15}{7}


Step by step guide: Improper fractions and mixed numbers (coming soon).

15\div7 \quad \quad \quad

Fractions to Decimals Example 6 Step 2


You will notice here that the 1 4 2 8 5 7 after the decimal place is repeated and will continue to be repeated. This is therefore a recurring decimal and can be shown as 2.\dot{1}4285\dot{7} .

2\frac{1}{7}=2 . \dot{1}4285\dot{7}

Calculator skills

You can check your answer on a calculator by inputting the fraction into your calculator and then pressing the [s ⇔ d] button. 

E.g.
Convert \frac{5}{4} to a decimal.

1. Press the fraction button on the left hand side of your calculator. 

Fractions to Decimals Calculator Skills Step 1

2. Input the numbers and press the = button.

Fractions to Decimals Calculator Skills Step 2

3. Press the  [s ⇔ d] button to have it shown as a decimal.

Fractions to Decimals Calculator Skills Step 3

Therefore \frac{5}{4}=1.25 .

Common misconceptions

  • Converting between a mixed number and an improper fraction

A common error is to incorrectly convert between numbers in different forms
E.g.
Mixed numbers and improper fractions.

  • Written division

A common error is to incorrectly use a written method of division
E.g. the bus stop method or other methods of long division.

  • Division

A common error is to divide the denominator by the numerator rather than dividing the numerator by the denominator.
E.g.
\frac{5}{7} means 5 \div 7 not 7 \div 5

Practice converting fractions to decimals questions

1. Convert \frac{1}{4} to a decimal

1.4
GCSE Quiz False

0.25
GCSE Quiz True

4
GCSE Quiz False

0.4
GCSE Quiz False

1 ÷ 4 gives the decimal 0.25

2. Convert \frac{7}{8} to a decimal

1.\dot{1}4285\dot{7}
GCSE Quiz False

0.78
GCSE Quiz False

0.875
GCSE Quiz True

7.8
GCSE Quiz False

7 ÷ 8  gives the correct decimal 0.875

3. Convert \frac{7}{4} to a decimal

1.75
GCSE Quiz True

1\frac{3}{4}
GCSE Quiz False

7.4
GCSE Quiz False

0.\dot{7}5142\dot{8}
GCSE Quiz False

7 ÷ 4  gives the correct decimal 1.75

4. Convert 7\frac{3}{5} to a decimal

4.2
GCSE Quiz False

\frac{21}{5}
GCSE Quiz False

7.35
GCSE Quiz False

7.6
GCSE Quiz True

Converting to an improper fraction gives \frac{38}{5} , then you divide the numerator by the denominator.

5. Convert \frac{4}{9} to a decimal

0.4
GCSE Quiz False

0.44
GCSE Quiz False

0.444
GCSE Quiz False

0. \dot{4}
GCSE Quiz True

Calculating 4\div9 gives the recurring decimal 0.\dot{4} . The dot above the 4 means that the 4 is repeated infinitely.

6. Convert \frac{2}{11} to a decimal

0.18
GCSE Quiz False

0.181818
GCSE Quiz False

0.\dot{1}\dot{8}
GCSE Quiz True

5.5
GCSE Quiz False

Calculating 2\div11 gives the recurring decimal 0.\dot{1}\dot{8} . The dot above the 1 and 8 represents the 1 and 8 being repeated infinitely

Converting fractions to decimals GCSE questions

1.  a) Convert \frac{1}{2} to a decimal

 

b) Convert \frac{1}{4} to a decimal

 

c) Convert \frac{3}{5} to a decimal

 

(3 marks)

Show answer

a) 0.5

(1)

 

b) 0.25

(1)

 

c) 0.6

(1)

2.  a) Convert 2\frac{1}{2} to a decimal

 

b) Convert \frac{8}{5} to a decimal

 

c) Convert \frac{1}{3} to a decimal

 

(3 marks)

Show answer

a) 2.5

(1)

 

b) 1.6

(1)

 

c) 0. \dot{3}

Must be shown to be recurring

Accept 0.333333…

(1)

3.  a) Convert \frac{7}{10} to a decimal

 

b) Convert \frac{2}{25} to a decimal

 

c) Convert \frac{2}{9} to a decimal

 

(3 marks)

Show answer

a) 0.7

(1)

 

b) 0.08

(1)

 

c) 0. \dot{2}

Must be shown to be recurring

Accept 0.222…

(1)

Learning checklist

You have now learned how to:

  • Convert a fraction to a decimal
  • Convert a fraction to a recurring decimal 

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