Fractions and Decimals in Math, operate and represent numbers in a very similar way despite their differing appearance.

Both are methods presenting values, and they have been used by humans for many centuries.

## Fractions

Fractions in particular have been written and drawn in a variety of forms in different parts of the world over the years.

Mathematicians in ancient Egypt are known as some of the first people to study fractions, as far back as over two millenniums. They constructed different symbols to represent different sizes of fractions.

But the kind of fractions that we see and use in the modern day, have only really been that way for the last few hundred years.

The concept is best introduced with images, which can be seen in the relevant pages below.

## Decimals

Decimal numbers are similar to fractions in their use.

As they are an effective way of writing a number that isn’t entirely whole, instead there is a number that will have a decimal point in some place.

For example, consider the mixed number \space \bf{3 \frac{3}{4}} \space, there is a whole number part as well as a fraction part.

The whole number here is **3**, and the fraction part is \space \bf{\frac{3}{4}}.

In the same way, with the decimal **3.75**. The whole number is **3**, while the decimal part is **0.75**.

A handy way to think about it is in terms of money, in America cents are parts of a dollar, with 100 cents making up 1 full dollar.

If you have **$3** and **55c**, you will have 3 full dollars, along with 55 parts of another dollar.

This writes as **$3**.**55** as a decimal.

You don’t have a full **$4**, but you’re some of the way there, having more than **$3**.

If you can follow and understand this basic introduction, then the pages below going into more detail on fractions and decimals should be clear and easy to follow.

## Fractions and Decimals Pages

### Decimals:

–__Decimal Numbers Introduction__

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__Rounding Decimal Numbers__

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__Addition and Subtraction of Decimal Numbers__

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__Multiplying Decimal Numbers__

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__Dividing with Decimal Numbers__

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__Change Decimals to Fractions__

### Fractions:

–__Fractions Introduction__

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__Simplifying Fractions__

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__Adding and Subtracting Fractions__

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__Adding and Subtracting Fractions, Butterfly Method__

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__Mixed Numbers and Fractions, Converting__

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__Multiplying Fractions, Multiplying Mixed Numbers__

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__Adding and Subtracting Mixed Numbers__

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__Division of Fractions__

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__Fraction Cross Multiplication__

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__Change Fractions to Decimals__

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