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How to Convert a Fraction to a Decimal (Mathematics Lesson)

Converting a Fraction to a Decimal

A fraction can be converted to a decimal.

How to Convert a Fraction to a Decimal

Converting a fraction to a decimal is easy. Divide the top number of the fraction by the bottom number of the fraction.

An Example Question

What is 1/5 as a decimal?
Step 1
Divide the top number (called the numerator) of the fraction (1) by the bottom number (called the denominator) of the fraction (5).


1 ÷ 5 = 0.2
1/5 converted to a decimal is 0.2

A Real Example of How to Convert a Fraction to a Decimal

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Note

What Is a Fraction?

A fraction is a part of a whole number.

Fractions consist of a numerator and a denominator.



The denominator tells you how many equal parts the whole is divided into, and the numerator tells you how many of these parts there are.