Fraction to Decimal Calculator
Convert a fraction to a decimal. Convert proper and improper fractions to decimals. Convert a ratio to a decimal. This calculator shows the steps and work to convert a fraction to a decimal number.
How to Convert a Fraction to a Decimal
In a fraction, the fraction bar means "divided by." So to find the decimal equivalent of a fraction like 1/4 you need to solve the math problem: 1 divided by 4.
1 ÷ 4 = 0.25
How to Turn a Fraction into a Division Problem
Dividing numbers is easy with a calculator. If you need to do long division by hand put the top number of the fraction (numerator) inside the division bracket and the bottom number (denominator) outside, to the left of the division bracket.
The fraction 1/4 becomes 1 ÷ 4. Complete the division to convert the fraction to a decimal.
You can reduce the fraction to lowest terms first to make the long division math a bit easier. For example, 9/12 = 9 ÷ 12 = 0.75. Using long division to solve this problem by hand or in your head, reducing 9/12 = 3/4, might make the problem easier. You may even recognize that 3/4 = 0.75 because 3 quarters equals 75 cents.
You can also see our Long Division Calculator with Decimals to convert a fraction to a decimal and see the work involved in the long division.
If you would like help reducing fractions to lowest terms see the Simplifying Fractions Calculator.
To convert a decimal to a fraction see the Decimal to Fraction Calculator.