Fractions, Decimals and Percentages

Fractions, Decimals and Percentages

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The Correlation Between Fractions, Decimals, and Percentages

During a math lesson, my closest companion, Detan, once made the mistake of mixing up decimals and percentages. To prevent the same error, let's delve into the concepts of fractions, decimals, and percentages, including explanations, illustrations, and how to convert between them.

Understanding the Basics of Fractions, Decimals, and Percentages

First, we will review the definitions of these three concepts.

Defining Fractions

A fraction is a part or portion of a whole number or expression. It can be a proper fraction, with the numerator (top number) being smaller than the denominator (bottom number), or an improper fraction, with the numerator being larger than the denominator. The numerator is positioned above the fraction line, and the denominator is located below it.

Examples of fractions include 1/2 (proper) and 5/3 (improper). Improper fractions can also be converted to mixed numbers, such as 1 1/2.

Defining Decimals

A decimal is a number that is not a whole number, in a base 10 system, with digits after a decimal point signifying parts of a whole. For example, in 2.46, the whole number is 2 and the non-integer parts are 4 and 6. This differs from the binary system, which only uses 0s and 1s.

Defining Percentages

A percentage is a ratio or portion of a number out of 100. This can be interpreted as "in every 100," with the symbol % representing 1/100. For instance, 50% is equal to 1/2, and 40% is equivalent to 2/5.

The % symbol can also be expressed as 1 with two 0s on either side, representing 100, such as 1/100. Therefore, to convert from a fraction to a percentage, simply multiply the fraction by 100%.

Converting Fractions to Percentages

To convert a fraction to a percentage, follow these steps:

  • Step 1: Multiply the fraction by 100%.
  • Step 2: Simplify the result to the furthest extent.

For instance, to convert 3/4 to a percentage, we multiply by 100% and obtain 75%. Similarly, to convert 1 2/3 to a percentage, we first convert it to an improper fraction (5/3) and then multiply by 100% to get 166.67%, which can be simplified to 1 2/3%.

Converting Percentages to Fractions

To convert a percentage to a fraction, follow these steps:

  • Step 1: Divide the percentage by 100%.
  • Step 2: Simplify the result to the furthest extent.

For instance, to convert 40% to a fraction, we divide by 100% and simplify to get 2/5. To convert 120% to a fraction, we divide by 100% and obtain 6/5, which can be simplified to 1 1/5.

Understanding the connections between fractions, decimals, and percentages can make converting between them a breeze, ultimately leading to success in your mathematical studies. Happy calculating!

Fraction Basics: Understanding Decimals Too

Fractions and decimals may seem like completely different concepts, but they actually have strong similarities when it comes to representing parts of a whole. Becoming proficient in converting between the two can be advantageous in various mathematical applications.

Converting Fractions to Decimals

There are two methods for converting fractions to decimals, but we will focus on the simpler approach of dividing the numerator by the denominator. In this method, we place a decimal point after the whole number and continue dividing until the decimal point stops repeating. Let's try it with some examples.

  • a) 1/5
  • b) 1/8


  • a) 1/5
  • Step 1: As the numerator 1 is smaller than the denominator 5, we add a 0 in front of 1, making it 10. We also place a decimal point above the fraction.
  • Step 2: The numerator 10 is now large enough to be divided by the denominator 5, giving us 2. We place this answer after the decimal point.
  • Step 3: As there is no remainder, our final answer is 0.2.

By following the same steps for b) 1/8, we will get 0.125.

Converting Decimals to Fractions

To convert a decimal to a fraction, we follow these steps:

  • Determine the number of decimal places (d.p.) - count the numbers after the decimal point. The number of d.p.Understanding Fractions, Decimals, and Percentages
  • When solving mathematical problems, fractions, decimals, and percentages are often used to represent parts of a whole. While they have different forms to represent this concept, they are all connected and can be converted to each other. In this article, we will cover the basics of fractions, decimals, and percentages and how to convert between them.
  • Fractions and decimals both represent a part of a whole in the most simplified form. However, percentages represent the part of a whole in relation to 100. This means that if a fraction or decimal is converted to a percentage, it shows how many parts of a whole can be found in 100. This can be useful in understanding percentages in various scenarios.
  • It's important to note that fractions and decimals have their own distinct form, while percentages can be represented in either fraction or decimal form. For example, 53.67% can also be shown as a fraction (53.67/100) or a decimal (0.5367).
  • Converting Between Fractions, Decimals, and Percentages
  • Let's look at some examples to understand how to convert between fractions, decimals, and percentages.
  • Example: Converting Decimal to Fraction
  • Step 1: Determine the number of decimal places (d.p.)
  • Step 2: Remove the decimal point and divide the number by 10, 100, 1000, etc. depending on the number of d.p. For example, if the number has 2 d.p., divide by 100.
  • Step 3: Write the answer as a fraction using the number of zeros determined in step 1 as the denominator.
  • Let's try this with the following examples:
  • a) 0.2
  • b) 0.125
  • Solution:
  • a) 0.2
  • Step 1: The number of d.p. is 1, so we need one zero in the denominator.
  • Step 2: 0.2 ÷ 10 = 2/10
  • Step 3: Simplifying the fraction gives us the final answer of 1/5.
  • For b) 0.125, the number of d.p. is 3, so we need three zeros in the denominator. Following the same steps, we get 125/1000, which simplifies to 1/8.
  • Converting Decimals to Percentages
  • To convert decimals to percentages, simply multiply the decimal by 100%. This will give you the percentage form of the decimal. Let's see how this works with the following examples:
  • a) 0.7
  • b) 1.6
  • Solution:
  • a) 0.7 x 100% = 70%
  • b) 1.6 x 100% = 160%
  • Converting Percentages to Decimals
  • To convert percentages to decimals, divide the percentage by 100%. This will give you a fraction, which can then be converted to a decimal using the steps explained above. Let's try it with the following examples:
  • a) 70%
  • b) 160%
  • Solution:
  • a) 70% ÷ 100% = 0.7
  • b) 160% ÷ 100% = 1.6
  • The Importance of Understanding Fractions, Decimals, and Percentages
  • Fractions, decimals, and percentages are essential in everyday life, especially when dealing with data and numbers. They can help in accurately representing a portion of something compared to the whole, making them useful in various mathematical scenarios.
  • Applying Fractions, Decimals, and Percentages in Practical Situations
  • Let's look at an example where we can use fractions, decimals, and percentages in daily life. A man earns £1000 and spends £400 on accommodation. To find the fraction of his income spent on accommodation, divide the amount spent (£400) by the total income (£1000), giving us 2/5 as the fraction.
  • To convert this fraction to a decimal, divide the numerator by the denominator, resulting in 0.4. Similarly, to find the percentage of his income spent on groceries (if he spends £100), divide the amount spent (£100) by the total income (£1000), giving us a fraction of 1/10. When converted to a decimal, this becomes 0.1 or 10%.
  • To determine the percentage of income the man gives to the poor (if he gives alms worth £50), divide the amount given (£50) by the total income (£1000), giving us a fraction of 1/20. This can also be expressed as 0.05 or 5% when converted to a decimal.
  • In Conclusion
  • Fractions, decimals, and percentages are interconnected and can be easily converted to each other. Understanding their relationship and being able to convert between them can be helpful in various mathematical and real-life situations. Remember to practice and apply these concepts to further improve your understanding and skills in fractions, decimals, and percentages.
  • Converting Fractions to Decimals and Percentages Made Easy
  • When it comes to converting fractions to decimals and percentages, it may seem like a daunting task. However, with these simple steps, you'll be able to do it with ease:
  • To convert a fraction to a decimal:
  • Take the numerator (top number) and divide it by the denominator (bottom number).
  • The result will be the fraction expressed in decimal form.
  • To convert a fraction to a percentage:
  • Multiply the fraction by 100%.
  • The resulting number will be the fraction in percentage form.
  • For instance, if we have the fraction 1/4, after applying the conversion steps we get 0.25 as the decimal and 25% as the percentage. Similarly, 2/5 becomes 0.4 as the decimal and 40% as the percentage.
  • Having a good understanding of fractions, decimals and percentages can greatly benefit us when interpreting and presenting data in different forms. These conversion methods allow for a smooth transition between fractions, decimals and percentages, making it easier to represent data accurately.

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