The Lesson

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.


What is 15 as a decimal?



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


15 converted to a decimal is 0.2.

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What Is a Fraction?

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.