How to turn a fraction into a decimal

Convert a fraction to a decimal value using the fraction to decimal calculator by entering your fraction below. You might also be interested in our decimal to fraction calculator or our fraction to percent calculator for similar conversions.

How to Convert Fractions to Decimal

Convert a fraction to a decimal by dividing the numerator by the denominator

A number can be expressed as a fraction, decimal, or percentage value and sometimes it’s necessary to convert between the different forms to represent a number differently. To convert a fraction to a decimal use one of the two methods below.

Convert a Fraction to Decimal Method #1

The simplest method to transform a fraction number to a decimal value is to simply divide the numerator by the denominator to get the decimal value. The numerator is the top number and the denominator is the bottom.

For example, let’s convert the fraction 14 to a decimal using the division method.

14 = 1 ÷ 4 = 0.25

Thus, the decimal value of 14 is 0.25

Convert a Fraction to Decimal Method #2

An alternate method to convert a fraction to a decimal number is to simplify the fraction to put the numerator over 1. This requires a few steps. First, multiply the denominator to get to 100. To do this, try dividing 100 by the denominator to find the multiple, then multiply both the numerator and denominator by the multiple.

The final step is to move the decimal place on the new numerator to the left two places to change the fraction to its decimal value.

For example, we can convert the fraction 14 to a decimal value using this method.

Start by finding the multiple needed to multiply the denominator by to get 100.

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100 = 4 × 25

Thus, the multiple is 25.

Now, multiple the numerator by the multiple (25).

1 × 25 = 25

Thus, the fraction 14 can also be represented as 25100.

14 = 25100

Finally, move the numerator’s decimal place to the left two places to get the decimal value.

25.0 -> 0.25

Thus the decimal value of 14 is 0.25.

Decimal Equivalents for Common Fractions

The third method to find the decimal value for a fraction is to consult a conversion table, such as the one below which shows the decimal values of a few common fractions.

Common fractions and their equivalent decimal values.
Fraction Decimal
1/2 0.5
1/3 0.333
2/3 0.666
1/4 0.25
3/4 0.75
1/5 0.2
2/5 0.4
3/5 0.6
4/5 0.8
1/6 0.1666
5/6 0.8333
1/8 0.125
3/8 0.375
5/8 0.625
7/8 0.875
1/9 0.111
2/9 0.222
4/9 0.444
5/9 0.555
7/9 0.777
8/9 0.888
1/10 0.1
1/12 0.08333
1/16 0.0625

See more fraction decimal equivalents.

How to convert percents

It is very easy to convert percents into decimals, as well as fractions. To convert percents into decimals, divide the percentage by one hundred. The ratio will remain the same, but instead of, let us say, 14%, you will write 0.14. When writing with decimals instead of percents, 100% becomes 1. All the percentage between 0 and 100% becomes a value between 0 and 1.

Converting percents into fractions is done in a similar fashion. The 14% we mentioned earlier will become 14/100 when you write as a fraction. As with any fraction, this fraction should be simplified if such a thing is possible. In this case, 14/100 will become 7/50 and that is an equivalent of 14%.

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Converting decimals into percents is also very simple. All you have to do is to multiply the decimal number with 100. Turning fractions into percents is a bit more difficult and there are two ways of doing it. The first way is to convert the fraction into a decimal number and then turn that number into a percentage. The second way is to multiply the numerator of that fraction with 100 and to divide that number by the denominator. In any case, the result will be the same.

Now you are ready to practice by yourself. Enjoy using the worksheets below.

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