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Converting fractions to decimals
Converting fractions to decimals 256
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:

  1. 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.
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    Convert the fraction into a decimal

Strategies

A fraction represents a quotient, so to convert a fraction into a decimal do the division that is requested.

  1. For example, {\frac{a}{b}} is found by dividing {a} by {b}.
  2. While performing this problem it is possible to notice patterns in the decimals when dividing by certain numbers.
  3. When the decimal is not terminating, the problem expects the answer to be rounded correctly to four decimal places.
  4. A calculator could increase speed but violates the spirit of the problem.

Real-life Applications

  1. Fractions and decimals appear in every-day media to display information to consumers.
  2. Fractions are used in real life in lots of different ways, but are commonly used in cooking, construction and science.
  3. Decimals are very common in shopping. Price tags, food labels, and receipts all contain decimals.
  4. At gas pumps, decimals are used to show how much gas is pumped and much it costs per gallon.

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