You should already know that the fraction ½ can also be written as the decimal 0.5.

Any **fraction** can be written as a **decimal**.

This worksheet shows you how to convert a simple fraction to its decimal equivalent.

The fraction ½ can be read to mean 1 whole divided into 2 parts, i.e. 1 ÷ 2.

We can divide 1 by 2, in a division calculation, but first we change 1 to 1.0.

This is to give more space to carry out the division, so that we can put remainders in the division.

This shows that ½ = 1 ÷ 2 = 0.5.

**Example**

Change the fraction **3/8 **to a decimal.

**Answer**

3/8 is the same as 3 ÷ 8.

Here we change 3 to 3.000 to allow space for remainders when we divide.

The answer is **0.375**