Converting fractions to decimals | |
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Description | |
Exercise Name: | Converting fractions to decimals |
Math Missions: | 7th grade (U.S.) Math Mission, 8th grade (U.S.) Math Mission, Arithmetic essentials Math Mission, Pre-algebra Math Mission, Algebra basics Math Mission, Mathematics I Math Mission |
Types of Problems: | 1 |
The Converting fractions to decimals exercise appears under the 7th grade (U.S.) Math Mission, 8th grade (U.S.) Math Mission, Arithmetic essentials Math Mission, Pre-algebra Math Mission, Algebra basics Math Mission and Mathematics I Math Mission. This exercise helps to recognize the decimal form of some fractions.
Types of Problems
There is one type of problem in this exercise:
- Convert the fraction into a decimal: This problem provides a fraction and asks the user to convert that fraction into a decimal. The answer is written in a text box.
Strategies
A fraction represents a quotient, so to convert a fraction into a decimal do the division that is requested.
- For example, is found by dividing by .
- While performing this problem it is possible to notice patterns in the decimals when dividing by certain numbers.
- When the decimal is not terminating, the problem expects the answer to be rounded correctly to four decimal places.
- A calculator could increase speed but violates the spirit of the problem.
Real-life Applications
- Fractions and decimals appear in every-day media to display information to consumers.
- Fractions are used in real life in lots of different ways, but are commonly used in cooking, construction and science.
- Decimals are very common in shopping. Price tags, food labels, and receipts all contain decimals.
- At gas pumps, decimals are used to show how much gas is pumped and much it costs per gallon.